Letters and a Manuscript Regarding Railways in Persia, and Letters and Photographs from Commander H A Phillips

Mss Eur F111/354

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 14 Sep 1900-22 Jun 1901. 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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The file contains a letter from Cecil Spring Rice, British Chargé d’Affaires, Tehran, to George Nathaniel Curzon, Viceroy of India, dated 20 October 1900, forwarding a letter in French addressed to Curzon from Fabius Boital, dated 16 October 1900, regarding a concession for railways in Persia, and a manuscript volume written by Boital addressed to Curzon entitled ‘Chemins de fer de la Perse’ (Railways of Persia).

The file also contains two letters from Commander H A Phillips of HMS Sphinx , to Colonel Malcolm John Meade, dated 18 and 22 June 1901, concerning matters including a request from Shaikh Mubārak bin Ṣabāḥ Āl Ṣabāḥ, Ruler of Kuwait, to Charles Arnold Kemball, Acting Chief Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , for British protection. The letter dated 18 June 1901 includes six enclosed photographs of Basidu [Bāsa‘īdū] in Iran [Mss Eur F111/354, f 3; Mss Eur F111/354, f 4; Mss Eur F111/354, f 6; Mss Eur F111/354, f 7; Mss Eur F111/354, f 8; Mss Eur F111/354, f 9] with the comment by Phillips ‘I enclose a few photos of Basidu perhaps if you get a chance of shewing [sic] them to the Viceroy. I believe Hunt sent in a report of the place the other day and these photos might be useful.’

In addition, the file includes a card with the reference number ‘EUR.F.111/352.’ and ‘Miss M.R. Jack.’ written on it, with the date 8 June 1964.

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1 file (52 folios)
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The two letters from Phillips to Meade, the six photographs, and the card dated 1964 are enclosed in an envelope labelled ‘Photos of P Gulf (Basidu) Com. Phillips. HMS Sphinx May 1901’; this envelope, along with the letters from Spring Rice to Curzon and from Boital to Curzon, have been placed inside the manuscript volume, after the front cover.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 54; 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.

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English and French in Latin script
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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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Mss Eur F111/354

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14 Sep 1900-22 Jun 1901 (CE, Gregorian)

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