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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎106v] (212/434)

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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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Enclo. to S. No. (60).
Letter from H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 315 (2697/153/9), dated the 5th November 1935.
I have the honour to inform you that Fuad Bey Hamza returned to
this country on the 4th November from Syria. He travelled from Suez
in an Italian ship and on arrival here was welcomed on board by the
Italian Charged d’Affaires, among others. I, together with a number of
my foreign colleagues, was present at the Quarantine Quay to greet him
on landing. There was a fair company of official and other Saudi per
sonages present and a guard of honour from the local garrison was mounted.
2. I had a short conversation with Fuad Bey before he left the Quay,
in which he referred to the forthcoming visit of Sir Andrew Ryan to
Riyadh. He also confessed that he did not yet feel completely restored
to health.
3 . I am sending copies of this despatch to the Government of India,
Foreign and Political Department, Bushire and Jerusalem.
( 61 )
Memorandum from H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, No. 176 (2716/
146/17), DATED THE 6TH NOVEMBER 1935.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires at Jedda presents his compliments
to H. E. the Viceroy of India (F. & P.), and has the honour to transmit
to him the under-mentioned documents.
To Foreign Office, despatch No. 318 of 6th November 1935, regarding^
A piastre project in aid of local schools.
Enclo. to S. No. (61).
Letter from H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 318,. DATED THE 6TH NOVEMBER 1935.
I have the honour to inform you that the Mecca newspaper Saut al
Heiaz, published on the 29th October a short notice that the leading
merchants of Jedda had petitioned the King to sanction a tax of a half
piastre miri, about one penny, on every package imported from abroad
into the Hejaz, the proceeds to be in aid of the Falah schools of Jedda and
Mecca which include, besides a boys school in each town, the girls school
of Jedda. The notice announced that the King’s approval had been
2 . The Falah schools were founded in 1904 by Hajji Muhammad Ali
Zainal Ali Ridha (Alireza), at his own expense except for about eighty
thousand rupees subscribed in India for the construction of the school
building in Jedda. Until 1931 Hajji Muhammad Ali continued to defray
all expenses. Both religious and secular teaching is given in these schools,
English being on the syllabus. In Mecca, the teaching staff consists of
thirty four, and in Jedda, at the boys school of twenty-four. Pupils in
Mecca number some eight hundred and in Jedda, boys only, about seven
hundred. Since 1931 the schools have been supported by subscriptions
from several local firms and by other charity. It will be remembered that
an effort was made during the visit of Talaat Pasha Harb in 1934 to interest
him in the girl’s school, but with little success.
3. Owing to the lack of good management and control and also to
insufficient funds, the condition of the schools has become so bad, it is
said, that the local merchants made an effort to raise a special fund, which

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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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