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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎122v] (244/434)

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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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a copy of despatch to the Chief Commissioner, Aden, No. 552/79/3, dated the 25th
March 1935, and enclosure regarding Exportation of tombac.
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (32).
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Resident, Aden, No.
552/79/3, DATED THE 25th March 1936.
I have the honour to enclose herewith a copy of a letter addressed to me by
the Iranian Minister here regarding the abrogation of the monopoly of the exporta
tion of Isfahan tombac, formerly granted to a certain Khalil Matouk. My Iranian
colleague requests that the information contained in the letter should be brought
to your notice and to that of interested merchants in Aden.
2 . The Iranian Minister handed me the letter in question himself, after sounding
me some days earlier as to whether I could forward it. It would doubtless have
been more regular for tiie Iranian Government to communicate with His Majesty’s
Government in the first instance, through more normal diplomatic channels, but
as this procedure would in the circumstances be cumbrous, I undertook to
forward his letter to you, subject to the express reservation that I was merely
complying with the request of a colleague and that it would rest entirely with you
to decide what course of action you should follow on receipt of the intimation
contained in the letter.
3. I am sending copies of this desptch and enclosure to His Majesty’s Prin
cipal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and to His Majesty’s Minister at Tehran.
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (32).
Letter from the Iranian Minister at Jedda to His Majesty’s Minister,
Jedda, No. 85, dated the 24th March 1936.
Mon Gouyernement me charge de porter a la connaissance des autorites
competentes d'Aden, ainsi qu’aux comme^ants interesses que la concession du
monopole d’exportation du tombac d’Isfahan, dit “ Isfahan! ” precedement ac-
cordee a M. Khalil Matouk, a ete annulee a Tehran en date du 17 Ordibihechte
1314 (8 mai 1935). Par consequant Texportation et le commerce de cette qualite
de tombac sont devenus libres comme les autres qualites de tombacs iraniens.
Je vous prie mon cher Collegue de communiquer si c’est possible cette informa
tion aux autorites competantes d’Aden en les priant de donner avis aux commer-
^ants interesses.
Vous remerciant d’avance de votre aimable concours, veuillez agreer, Mon
cher Collegue et Ami les assurances de ma haute consideration.
(Received on 3rd June 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 19 dated 7th May
1936.) ^ "
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering Letter No. E.-2101/2010/35, dated April 30th
Letter from His Majesty s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No.
90-E. (575/416/2), dated the 28th March 1936.
With reference to my despatch No. 71 of March 11th [Enclosure to Serial No.
(24)], I have the honour to submit to your notice a point of some little interest,"
which has been raised m connexion with the visit to Jedda of the salvage tu <jr
Preserver, which refloated the s. s. “ Kawsar ”.
2. The Preserver entered the port of Jedda on her first arrival here and then
proceeded to the Irk-al-Ghorab reef, where the '‘Kawsar” was aground. After
effecting the salvage she entered the port a second time. On this second entry the
local authorities did not ask for payment of the usual tonnage dues a second time
but insisted that, under the regulations in force, the fixed dues of one pound gold
for entry and two pounds gold for permission to employ a pilot must be paid aga n.
Mr. Griffin, a member of the firm which represents the owners of the Preserver
drew ray attention to the difference in the practice followed in regard to the tonnage

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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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