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‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries’ [‎62] (385/578)

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. XV.—[/See page 15.]
Abstract translation of the Tumbaku, Tobacco and Salt Convention
between Persia and Turkey, signed on the 21st Zikadeh 1292 (1875'
at Constantinople and renewed in 1302 A.H.
Article 1.
The importation of salt and tobacco in any shape or form whatsoever, the
products of Persia, into Turkey is prohibited, and this prohibition shall continue
so long as similar prohibitions remain in force with other nations. The Persian
Government has also the right to prohibit the importation of Turkish salt and
tobacco into Persia.
Article 2.
The duty on Persian tumbaku imported into Turkey, by land or sea, shall
be 75 per cent, of its net value. This duty once levied no further dues of any
kind shall be leviable in Turkey.
Article 3.
The 75 per cent, shall be leviable in accordance with a tariff to be agreed upon
by the two parties.
From the beginning of the month of Naisan in the year 1291 of the Turkish
era to a period of three months, the amount of the customs dues on tumbaku
levied at the Customs Houses of Erzerum, Bagdad, and Jeddah, together with
the minimum amount of tumbaku brought to the aforesaid places in the above-
mentioned period shall be calculated, and the mean average of the result of that
calculation shall be adopted as the basis of the first tariff of the convention.
Tumbaku which shall not have reached during the aforesaid period shall be valued
in accordance with the lowest price of its kind during a period of a year prior to
the above-mentioned three months. The tariff shall remain in force for a period
of ten years from its establishment. Shoi*ld one of the Contracting parties request
a change or alterations therein during a period of three months prior to the ex
piration of the agreed period it shall be renewed. Should no such request be made
the tarifi shall remain in force for a further ten years. After the expiration of
each ten years, should no request for an alteration have been made by one party
or the other, it shall be the rule that the tariff remains in force for a further seven
years. For the regulation of the tariff, in accordance with the aforesaid basis,
and for the determination of the depreciations, such as “ mokture,” “ weight of
bags,” the reduction of which is customary, after the establishment of this Con
vention a Commission shall be formed, the members of which shall endeavour
to complete their work previous to the commencement of the period when tne
tariff shall come into force.
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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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