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‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries’ [‎295] (312/578)

The record is made up of 1 volume (289 folios). It was created in 1933. 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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General and Consuls, besides their own wives and children, not more than twenty-
persons. If it becomes necessary to employ in addition subjects of the Govern
ment of the country to which they are accredited, Ministers can employ not more
than ten persons and Consul-General and Consuls not more than five persons.
(j) T h e Ministers, Consul-General and Consuls of the two High Contracting
Parties shall be at liberty to communicate freely with their own Government and
with other official representatives of their Government in other countries by post,
by telegraph and by wireless telegraphy in cypher or en clair, and to receive and
despatch sealed bags by courier or post, subject to a limitation in the case of Minis
ters of 6 lb. per week, and in the case of a Consul-General and Consuls of 4 lb. per
week, which shall be exempt from postal charges and examination, and the safe
transmission of which shall, in the case of bags sent by post, be guaranteed by the
Postal Departments of the two Governments.
(&) Each of the two Governments shall exempt from the payment of Customs
or other duties all articles imported within its boundaries in reasonable quantities
for the personal use of the Minister of the other Government or of his family,
provided that a certificate is furnished by the Minister at the time of importation
that the articles are intended for such personal use.
(No. 1.)
Letter from British Representative to Sardar-i-Ala, the Afghan Foreign Minister,
After compliments. —With reference to the provisions contained in Article VI
of the Treaty concluded between the Government of Afghanistan and the British
Government regarding the importation of arms and munitions into Afghanistan
through India, I have the honour to inform and assure you that, although the
British Government has in that Article reserved to itself the right exercised by
every nation to stop the transportation to a neighbouring country of arms and
munitions, in the event of its not being assured of the friendly intentions of that
country, the British Government has no desire to make trifling incidents an excuse
for the stoppage of such arms and munitions. It would only be in the event of
the Government of Afghanistan showing plainly by its attitude that it had deter
mined on an unfriendly and provocative course of policy towards Great Britain
contrary to the neighbourly Treaty above-mentioned that the latter State would
exercise the right of stoppage. There is every ground for hope that such a con
tingency will never arise, in view of the friendly relations which are expected to
spring from the Treaty which has now been concluded. (Usual ending.)
(No. 2.)
Letter No. 112, from Sardar-i-Ala, the Afghan Foreign Minister, to the British Re
presentative at Kabul.
After compliments. —Regarding the purchase of arms and munitions which the
Government of Afghanistan buys for the protection of its rights and welfare, from

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The volume is the fifth edition of volume 13 of a collection of historic treaties, engagements and sanads (charters) relating to India and its neighbouring countries, namely Persia and Afghanistan. This volume, originally compiled by Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, was revised in 1930 and published in 1933 by the Manager of Publications in Delhi, under the authority of the Government of India.

Part 1 of the volume contains treaties and engagements relating to Persia and dating from between 12 April 1763 and 10 May 1929. The treaties refer to: trade agreements; foreign relations; prohibition and suppression of the slave trade; sovereignty and status of Persian regions; frontier negotiations; foreign concessions; telegraph lines. Part 2 of the volume contains treaties and engagements relating to Afghanistan and dating from between 17 June 1809 and 6 May 1930. The treaties relate to: foreign relations; the establishment of boundaries and frontier negotiations; peace treaties; commercial relations; import of arms. A number of appendices follow part 2, which contain the text of treaties relating to both Persia and Afghanistan.

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1 volume (289 folios)

The volume is arranged into two parts covering Persia and Afghanistan respectively, as are the appendices at the end of the volume. Each part is divided into a number of chapters, identified by Roman numerals, and arranged chronologically, from the earliest treaties to the most recent. At the beginning of each part is a general introduction to the treaties and engagements that follow.

There is a contents page at the front of the volume (ff 4-8) which lists the geographical regions and treaties. The contents pages refers to the volume’s pagination system. There is a subject index, arranged alphabetically, at the end of the volume (ff 277-87) which also refers to the volume’s pagination system.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; 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 (except for the front cover where the folio number is on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. ).

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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