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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎120r] (239/434)

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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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of Finance to levy a yearly tax of 5 per cent, the rent on all properties in the Kingdom
but not on a rental basis. 1 roperty occupied by the owner is exempted, subject
to a provision that the tax must be paid on any portion of the property let to
another occupant. Provision is made for the compilation of lists of rented pro-
perties and for the imposition of the tax as from the beginning of the lunar year
looo. ine tax is payable by the owner of the property.
v?' } ^ sendm g copies of this despatch to the Government of India, Foreign and
1 olitical Department and to the Department of Overseas Trade.
Memorandum No. 32 (587/244/4), dated the 27th March 1936.
^ 1S Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to H. E the Viceroy
ol India (Foreign and Political Department), and has the honour to transmit to
him a copy of despatch to the Foreign Office, No. 94, dated the 29th March 1936
Concerning Seyyid Tahir ad-Dabbagh ; Sheykh Abdur-Rauf Sabban and Muham-
[Enclosure to Serial No. (26)].
Letter from His Majesty's Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No.
74 (586/244/4), dated the 29th March 1936.
With reference to my despatch No. 355 of December 14th last [Serial No. (11)1
I have the honour to state that the Saudi Arab Government have now rewarded
the three principal ez-conspirators, who returned to this country last year under
ment. amneS ^ ” P roc ^ a ^ me ^ J anuar y 1935, by giving them the following appoint-
{a) Seyyid Tahir Ad-Dabbagh to be Director of Education ;
(b) Sheykh Abdur-Rauf Sabban to be a member of the Legislative Council, as
^organised for its new two years’ session beginning March 24th,
(c) Major Muhammad Sadiq to be Assistant Director of Awqaf.
2 These three gentlemen had already been treated with marked consideration
e.g., the first two were among the guests at the banquet presided over by the Amir
Feyzal and attended by all the foreign representatives here on the evening of Jan
uary 8th, the King’s Accession Day. Muhammad Sadiq was omitted from the
banquet, possibly for some political reason, but he too seems to be favourably re
garded in certain high Saudi circles. He did not come so much to the attention of
His Majesty’s Government as various other conspirators, when the Saudi Govern
ment were raging against them in and about 1932, but he has some importance in
this country, as he commanded for a time the forces which defended Jedda for the
Hashimites at the time of the Saudi invasion of the Hejaz.
3. I take the oportunity of correcting a misapprehension, under which I have
laboured for some time regarding the Directorate of Education and which I may have
conveyed to others. I was under the impression that the Saudi Minister in London
was still theoretically Director General of Education and that the late working hand
of the Department, another Egyptian named Ibrahim Shura, was Director. Fuad
Bey tells me that Sheykh Hafiz Wahba vacated the department on his appointment
to London but that it was not filled. Ibrahim Shura, the Director of the “ Sand
Institute ” in Mecca, was made acting director. He has now reverted to his post at
the Saudi Institute on the appointment of Ad-Dabbagh to the substantive post of
Director of Education. 1
4. I am sending copies of this despatch to Baghdad, Aden, Trans-Jordan and
the Government of India.
I have the honour to be with the highest respect.
Memorandum No. 33 (595/238/10), dated the 29th March 1936.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to H. E the Viceroy
of India (Foreign and Political Department), and has the honour to transmit to

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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.

Extent and format
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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