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‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries’ [‎54] (377/578)

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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APPENDIX No. XIII.—[See V age IS.]
Agreement between Russia and Persia recognizing the River Attrek aa
forming the Boundary between the two States on the East Coast of
the Caspian Sea,— 13th December 1869.*
On the 13th December 1869 the following Agreement was signed between
Russia and Persia recognizing the sovereignty of Persia up to the banks of the
Attrek :—
“ His Majesty the Shah having on the 12th instant (4th December) requested
the Undersigned, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Majesty
the Emperor, to explain for what object the fort at Kizil Soo (Krasnovodsk) was
being constructed, and having also required an assurance that the Russian author
ities would in no way interfere with the affairs of the Yemut Turkomans, and
of those living on the Attrek and Goorgan Rivers ; also, that no fort or strong
hold should hereafter be built at the embouchures of the Attrek or Goorgan Rivers ;
and likewise that they should not interfere in any way with the possessions of
Persia, but that the Persian Government should continue to maintain the author
ity they have hitherto held in respect to these tribes and their territories, in
accordance with the wish expressed by His Majesty the Shah, the Undersigned
lost no time in referring by telegraph to the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs to His
Majesty the Emperor, and he has now the pleasure to bring to tlm knowledge
of the Ministers of His Majesty the Shah the reply which he has just received to
the effect that the Government of His Majesty the Emperor recognizes the author
ity and sovereignty of Persia up to the banks of the Attrek River, and that they
have no intention to construct any fort.
M. Beger,
On the 26th March 1873 the British Charge d’Affairs at Tehran (M^. R. Thom
son) reported that the Persian Government considered that the Declaration made
by Russia on the 13th December 1869 had no reference to the territory in the
interior towards Khorassan, but regarded only the territory adjoining the Province
of Astrabad, that is to say, from the Caspian Sea, at the mouth of the Attrek,
along the banks of that river, for about 30 miles to where the Goorgan district
* See further Oonveation, 21st December 1881, Appendix No. XIX.

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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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