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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎123r] (245/434)

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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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allies and of the fixed dues and asked my views as to whether the fixed dues could
fee claimed twice. He mentioned inter alia the fact that the same pilot
remained on board the Preserver throughout the proceedings.
3. The most second recent Saudi regulations of which I have knowledge
are those enclosed in translation in Mr. Calvert’s despatch No. 292-E. of September
24th, 1934. The tonnage dues, although described by Mr. Griffin as “ quarantine ”
clues, would appar to be those prescribed under head 1 of the Appendix to the
regulations. The fixed dues are clearly those under heads 6 and 7. It seems to
me probable that the reason for not charging tonnage dues twice was that the dues
are payable only on arrival from and departure for a foreign port; but that the
authorities regard the fixed dues as being payable on any entry into the port from
the high seas.
4. I told Mr. Griffin that in my opinion it would be difficult to contest the action
of the local authorities in charging the fixed dues twice, especially as any attempt
on my part to do so might be held to imply that I regarded the reef as being within
-Saudi territorial waters. I promised, however, as he attached importance to the
principle, though not to the amount involved, to ascertain your views generally,
and with special reference to the question whether immunity from the double
payment could be claimed in virtue of any recognised practice in cases where a
ship lying in a port Las occasion to leave it temporarily for a point of the high seas
in the vicinity.
5. I at first thought of discussing the matter informally with the Saudi Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs before reporting, it. On finding that the distinction
made by the authorities could be plausibly explained as in paragraph 3 above,
I decided that I might do more harm than good by approaching Faud Bey, I
■shall be grateful for an expression of your views on the whole subject.
(34)
{Received on 16th May W36, with Political Secretary's letter No. 18, dated the 30th
April 1936i)
Enclosures in Foreign Office Covering Letter, dated April 24th, 1936, No. E.-2104
1541/25.
Translation,
Letter from the Saudi Arab Government to His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda,
No. 7/1/27, dated the 27th March 1936.
With reference to Your Excellency’s note No. 43 (374/250/4) of the 27th
February 1936 concerning the two mail bags lost at Hodeida, I am to inform you
that the registers and records of Hodeida covering the period of its occupation
by the Government of His Majesty the King were delivered to the officials of
^ emen on the evacuation of the said city. The matter has been investigated by
the Postal Administrations of Bombay and Saudi Arabia. The latter has agreed
to pay the legal compensation due in this case under Article 56 of the Universal
Postal Convention, and has remitted the amount through the Egyptian Post
Administration under cover of letter No. 114 of the 20th February' 1936. The
Post Administrations of Bombay and Aden have been informed accordingly. No
other relevant formalities remained uncompleted.
Enclosure to Serial No. (34).
Letter from His Majesty's Minister, Jedda, to the Saudi Arab Government
No. 33 (583/250/5), dated the 29th March 1935.
I have the honour to thank T our Loyal Highness for the information con
tained in your note No. 7/1/27 of the 4th Muharram 1335 (March 27th 1936)
regarding the arrangements made in connection with two mail bags forwarded
from Aden to Hodeida on May 5th, 1934. I am gratified to learn that this matter
-appears to have been satisfactorily settled between the postal authorities con
cerned. I am communicating the contents of Your Royal Highness’s note to the
British Resident at Aden,

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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)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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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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