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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎83r] (165/434)

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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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are not to suffer. Indeed, it appears that Talaat Pasha has been at pains to assure
local merchants and shippers that his objects are not to deprive them of the bene
fits they now enjoy from the pilgrimage, but to ensure greater comfort for Egyptian
pilgrims, and increase their numbers, which this, year he estimates at about 8,000.
Pilgrims of the wealthier sort are to be accommodated in the new premises, in both
Jedda and Mecca, now partly occupied by the offices of Banque Misr.
4 . It is stated with some confidence by Mr. Philby that the Saudi Govern
ment have obtained from Talaat Pasha a loan, probably small and probably in the
nature of an advance on account of pilgrims’ dues, which will be paid by Egyptian
pilgrims coming on Haj.
5 Two small steamers, the Mariut and Manzaleh, flying the Egyptian flag,
have called at Jedda during the past few days from Suez and have proceeded to
Port Sudan. They have carried small quantities of cargo, and are stated by Messrs.
Haji Abdullah Ali Reza and Co., who have been appointed agents by Talaat Pasha,
to be testing the possibilities of a more regular service.
6 . The transport of pilgrims by air was not pursued, in view of the quarantine
and other difficulties in the way. The Saudi authorities were not very ready to
discuss the question of air development with members of the mission, as I nave
already reported in my despatch No. 351 of the 30th November The question of a
concession for the construction of a railway between Mecca and Jedda is said to
have been touched on, but quite tentatively and without further more serious
consideration. .
7 . I am sending copies of this despatch to the Principal Secretary of State for
Foreign Affairs, Department of Overseas Trade and to the Acting High Commis
sioner at Cairo.
(Received cm 2nd February 1935 with Political Secretary* letter No. 3, dated the 17th
January 1935.)
Letter from the Colonial Office, to the Resident, Aden, dated the 9th
January 1935.
T have the honour to transmit to you a copy of a letter dated the 24th Decem
ber 1934 from the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of Brit is
Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association (which the 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. have passed to this
Department for attention) inquiring whether any information can be obtame
re^ardincr certain restrictions alleged to have been imposed by the R in g 0
Yeman on his Jewish subjects. 1 have replied to the Committee in the terms of
the enclosed letter dated the 9th January 1935, and should be obliged if you will
furnish me with any available information on this matter.
2. In this connection I may mention that reports have appeared recently in the
Daily News Bulletin of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. to the effect that restrictions
have been placed on the entry of Jews from the Yemen into Aden. I appreciate
that such restrictions may well be necessary in order to prevent an influx of refugees.
1 shall, however, be obliged if you will keep me informed as to the position in tins
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (7).
Letter from the
British Jews
ber 1934.
Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of
and the Anglo-Jewish Association, dated the 24th Decem-
1 have the honour, at the direction of my Committee, to request your assistance
in the following mat er.
The Committee has received a report that the Imam of Yemen has issued an
order imposing severe restrictions on his Jewish subjects who wish to leave for
Aden or other places abroad ; and further that the desire of such Jews to emigrate
is due to their alleged persecution in the Yemen.

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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