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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎100r] (199/434)

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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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'(Received on 3rd August 1935 with Political Secretary's letter No. 29,
dated 15th July 1935.)
(Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, dated 15th July 1935.)
Letter from the Colonial Office, to the Joint Foreign Committee of
the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish
Association, No. 78076/35, dated the 8th July 1935.
In continuation of the letter from this Department (No. 37976/34), of
the 9th January [Enclosure 2 to S. No. (7)], I am directed by Mr. Secre
tary MacDonald to inform you that a report has now been received from the
Resident at Aden regarding the restrictions alleged to have been imposed
by /the King of the Yemen on his Jewish subjects.
2. The Resident has ascertained that the King of the Yemen has im
posed restrictions on the emigration of Jews from the Yemen to Palestine
through Aden and by any other route.
3. The Resident states that the Yemeni Government had previously
discouraged emigration to Palestine by the confiscation of property in the
Yemen belonging to the emigrants, but no penalties were inflicted on their
relatives who remained in the Yemen. When it was realised that the
majority of the Yemeni Jews who left for Aden were bound for Palestine
the Yemeni authorities decided to prevent the emigration of Jews to any
foreign place, and new restrictions were made some months ago to effect
this purpose.
4 . If a Jew now wishes to leave the Yemen to do business in Aden or
elsewhere he is required to produce a surety for his return witout which he
is not allowed to proceed. Certain restrictions have also been imposed on
the movements of Jews from place to place in the interior of the Yemen.
{Received on 2Mh August 1935 with Political Secretary's letter No. 32,
dated 8th August, 1935.)
(Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, dated 31st July 1935.)
Letter from the Chief Commissioner, Aden, to the Colonial Office,
No. 171, dated the 25th June 1935.
I have the honour to report for your information, the death of Sheikh
Fadhl Ba ’Abdullah Ba Haidar a Mehdi al Aqrabi on the 9th June, 1935,
and the unanimous election of his son Muhammad Fadhl, aged 14 years, as
his successor, by all his relations. The election has been confirmed by His
Highness the Sultan of Lahej. During his minority his maternal uncle
Sheikh Haidara bin’Ali will act as his adviser or regent.
This election is in order, and I have therefore accorded recognition to
Sheikh Muhammad Fadhl bin’Abdullah Ba Haidara Mehdi al Aqrabi, and
authorised the payment to him of the stipend previously enjoyed by his late
father Sheikh Fadhl Ba ’Abdullah in accordance with the authority con
tained in Colonial Office despatch No. 22, dated 30th May 1929..
(■Rerpined on 1st September 1935 with Political Secretary's letter No. 33,
' dated 15th August. 1935.)
T etter from the Foreign Office, to Mr. Hale, No. E.-4719/602/25,
dated the 9th August 1935.
With reference to your discussion with Malcolm on 2nd August about
T rrl Castlestewart’s efforts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndi-
te I send you herewith for your information a copy of a minute by

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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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