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File 868/1904 Pt 1 'Consular: Exemption of Foreign Consular Officers from Imperial and Municipal Taxation' [‎176v] (52/113)

The record is made up of 1 item (53 folios). It was created in 19 Aug 1884-18 Apr 1911. 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 above difficulties could
defined in a Consular Convention.
Stettin, June 17, 1903.
scarcely have arisen had my rights
and duties been clearly
(Signed) RALPH BERNAL.
Annex 3.
Dantzig.
THE foreign Consular Officers at Dantzig who are salaried and not allowed to trade
are—
1. The Russian Consul-General.
2. The British Consul.
3. The French Consul.
4. The Swedish and Norwegian Consul.
The Spanish Consulate, formerly held by a Consul in the Consular career, is now reduced to
a trading Vice-Consul. _ _
The Russian has an official residence, and as he is, like all Russian officials, oi the rank ot
Colonel, a Privy Councillor in his own country, he takes the title of “ Staatsrat,” which in Germany
carries with it the rank of Excellency. On this account he is looked upon by the authorities as
much superior in rank to an ordinary Consul. He and the frenchman are protected by Consulai
Conventions from any attempt on the part of the authorities either to extract taxes from them or
to molest them in any other way.
The Swedish and Norwegian Consul was formerly a merchant at Dantzig in a small way. On
that account his position is not a very exalted one.
Important public ceremonies and entertainments at Dantzig are very few in number—-at
intervals of years. Generally it may be said that the provincial and the town authorities invite
the foreign Consuls as such. The Government officials, the military and the naval officers only
ask the Consuls in their private capacity, when they have made their acquaintance, and seldom
call on them as the Representatives of foreign nations.
Launches by the Emperor and other German Princes are from Schichau s yard. Xs e never
give the firm an order, so they never ask the British Consul. The Russian is always asked. His
Government employs Schichau’s firm.
Prussian officials, as a rule, are conceited, that they have little time to acquire the ways of the
world. To a man they can speak nothing but German, and dislike foreigners in a similar way
to the Chinese. They make little difference between Consuls of the profession and their
trading colleagues; if anything, they prefer the latter, because they are Germans.
The position of British Consul in Germany is always an insecure one, as he has only his
personal exertions to thank for any position he may occupy in the society ot the place he lives in.
His more fortunate colleagues are protected by Consular Conventions, and are not called upon to
enter into unseemly disputes with local revenue officers and other municipal authorities.
(Signed) U. T. C. HUNT.
Dantzig, June 16, 1903.
Annex 4.
Foreign Consular Representatives at Hamburg.
FOREIGN Consular Representatives at Hamburg, in so far as they do not enjoy exemption
in this particular respect in consequence of Consular Conventions, are amenable to the civil
and criminal jurisdiction of the State of Hamburg and of the Empire of Germany.
They are, if “ Consules Missi,” exempt from having soldiers quartered upon them, but not
if merchant Consuls.
They are (in accordance, in most cases, with special agreements) entitled to the assistance ot
the Hamburg police authorities in the apprehension of seamen deserters, and they enjoy the assis
tance of the police authorities in maintaining the Consular authority over insubordinate seamen
of their own country.
Foreign Consular Representatives at Hamburg are permitted (and, in fact, requested)—-
though there may be no Treaty stipulations to such effect—to deal with the estates of
deceased subjects of their own country dying intestate at Hamburg or on Hamburg ships.
Foreign Consular Representatives at Hamburg, whether “Consules Missi or merchant
j Consuls, are not exempt from payment of indirect taxes; but “ Consules Missi (Consuls-
General, Consuls, Vice-Consuls, and Consular Assistants) are exempt from direct taxation, and,
in particular, from payment of income tax levied at Hamburg. 1 his exemption fs provided
tor by section 2, paragraph 5, of the Hamburg Income Tax Law, which runs as follows :
“ From payment of income tax are exempt all those subjects of other States who have a
I <‘laim to such exemption in consequence of the official position occupied by them.

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Part 1 concerns exemption of Foreign Consular officers from Imperial and Municipal Taxation. It contains:

  • correspondence regarding the claim of the Consul-General for France at Calcutta to exemption from Municipal taxation;
  • privileges to the Persian and Turkish Consuls-Generals in the matter of Imperial customs duty and municipal taxation;
  • claim of the Imperial German Consul-General at Calcutta to exemption from the payment of Municipal taxes;
  • request of the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador that their Consuls in India may be exempted from payment of taxes;
  • claim of the United States Consul at Rangoon (Yangon, Myanmar) to exemption from municipal taxation.

The principal correspondents are the Consul-General for France at Calcutta; the Persian Consul-General; the Imperial German Consul-General at Calcutta; the Foreign Department of the Government of India; the Secretary of State for India; the Foreign Office; and the 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. . Some of the letters from Consul-General for France at Calcutta are in French.

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