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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎69r] (137/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Arrived K AMAH AN at 1000 on 12th August.
Kamaran 12-15th August —
7. The Acting Administrator, Dr. Chohan, informed me that he had
received a communication from the Governor of Hodeida, Abdullah Wazir,
pointing out that a number of Yemeni subjects, chiefly from I.oheiva, who
had recently left the mainland for Kamaran, had not yet returned. As the
majority of them owed money in Loheiya, he (Wazir) would be very grateful
if they could be ordered to leave Kamaran forthwith.
8. Dr. Chohan caused an immediate census to be taken, which re
vealed the fact that there was no less than 16 men and 172 women and
children from Loheiya and 20—25 women and children from Khoba
still remaining in Kamaran. They were dispersed in small groups
throughout the native village, unknown evidently, to the Administrator,
Captain Wickham, who had reported Kamaran clear of refugees some weeks
9. An immediate announcement was made by town crier that they
would) all have to leave within 48 hours, and in spite of arguments, protests
and excuses, the sergeant of police was able to report that they were all
afloat and clear of Kamaran Harbour at the expiration of this period, viz.,
noon on 14th August. Abdullah Wazir was informed accordingly.
Aden, 22 nd - 30th August .—
16. . * . . .
Sailed for Hodeida at 0900 on 30th August, having previously embark
ed tlie Political Mission consisting of Lieut.-Colonel M. C. Lake, Political
Secretary, Wing Commander R. H. Knowles, Medical Officer» Lieutenant
G. M. T. Morphew. R. A. (attached) and six native orderlies and servants.
Hodeida Slst Aug.I 2nd Sep .—
17. Arrived at Hodeida at 1400 on Slst August, saluting with 21 guns
before anchoring. (Hodeida is now again a saluting port). A boat was
atonce sent in for Seleh Jaffer, the Political Clerk, who came off with all
information as to the arrangements which had been made as regards land
ing, calls, etc. He was followed shortly afterwards by the Secretary to
Abdullah Wazir, who sent his greetings and welcome.
The Mission, accompanied by myself, left the ship at 1530. Lieut.,
Colonel lake, as Head of the Mission, being accorded as salute of 13 guns.
Large crowds thronged the waterfront to witness the landing and a full
sized guard of honour was drawn up outside the house allocated to the
Mission for the night. Here Abdullah Wazir received us most affably and
with genuine pleasure, whilst a brass band played selections beneath the
18. After about twenty-five minutes, Abdullah Wazir, proceeded
to the Palace where he subsequently received) the Mission again. I excused
myself from this second call, and also from the dinner which was provided
for the Mission at their house.
19. I cannot refrain from mentioning the rusty ladder , which
constitutes the official landing place. The ladder had disintegrated, and
the part which remained above water leant, unsecured, against the jetty
at a broad angle Consequently, as the boat rose with the swell, so we were
borne further from our first objective. The alternatives were a soaking
when the boat was alongside in the trough, or a leap when the boat was
well clear cn the crest. Neither of these alternatives ivas conducive to
dignity, particularly as we were suitably dressed for calling and were being
watched by hundreds of pairs of eyes. Having gained the ladder, the

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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