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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎135r] (269/434)

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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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5. I therefore strongly recommend that the grant for Secret Service be
increased to $1,000 (about £106) a month and that sanction for the increase
may be given by telegraph so that the necessary arrangements for keeping the
desired special and close watch may be made ,as soon as possible.
6 . The amount of the increase required is necessarily only guess wortr
but I am of opinion that half-hearted measures should not be adopted and
that it is better to have too much money at one’s disposal for such an import
ant purpose than too little. I should, of course, take care that all expendi
ture was carefully considered and expended to the best advantage and it
might be possible after a few months trial to fix on a sum somewhat less than
that now asked for.
7. I enclose, for your perusal, a copy of a secret communication which I
received from the Civil Administrator, Kamaran, a few days ago. This
is, no doubt, Italian propaganda, but it brings out a point which I have
raised in this despatch and shows even how the man in the street is acquaint
ed with Italian methods in the Yemen.
^ Enclo. to S. No. (63).
Memoranadum from the Civil Administrator, Kamaran, to the Poli
tical Secretary, Aden,
Timer ’Ali Zarnoky of Taif (Yemen) a Nakhoda (dhow captain) reports
on July 13th.
Seiyid Yahya Afsha a leader of Khoka arrived at Taif from Assab on
10 th instant.
He reported to the Amil of Taif that he had been summoned at x\ssab
(on the day of the full moon) by the Governor of Assab. Others present
were other Nakhodas, Yemeni merchants and labourers. The Governor
made the following statement: —
“Please inform your Amils (local Governors) that the Italian Gov
ernment now exercise sovereignty (sic) over all Yemeni ports
from Sheikh Said to Jeizan.”
The Italian Governor apparently wanted the news to spread quickly as
he asked his listeners to convey the information “abroad” as soon as pos
Informant who seems to be genuine adds :—
“We all know that it is Italian propaganda and that the statement
is only given to frighten the Yemeni Government and to annoy
the British Government, but we know that the Italian Gov
ernment is bribing all Yemeni officials from high Ministers
down to Amils the same way as they did with the local Chiefs
^ in Abyssinia.”
Forwarded without comments. Apology included for report in pencil
but no time to type as aircraft leaving.
Letter from the Resident, Aden, to the Colonial Office, No. 324. dated
the 14th July 1936.
I have the honour to report for your information, the death of
’Abdullah bin Husein, the Sultan of the Fadhli tribe and the election of
his son Salih bin ’Abdullah as his successor, by all his relations.
This election is to the best of my knowledge and belief in order, and I
have therefore accorded recognition to Sultan Salih bin ’Abdullah hip
Husein as the Sultan of the Fadhli tribe, and authorised the payment to
him of the stipend previously enjoyed by his late father Sultan ’Abdullah
bin Husein in accordance with the authority contained in Colonial Office
despatch No. 22, dated 30th May, 1929.
889(S) F&PD

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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.

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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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