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File 4327/1911 Part 1 'Turco-Italian War: HMG's Proclamation of Neutrality' [‎208v] (88/88)

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The record is made up of 1 item (43 folios). It was created in Oct 1911-Dec 1911. It was written in English. 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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7188 The London Gazette Extraordinary, October .0, 1911
own wrong; and that they will in no wise
obtain any Protection from Us against such
Penalties as aforesaid.
Given at Our Court at Balmoral, this
third day of October, in the year of
Our Lord One thousand nine
hundred and eleven, and in the
Second year of Our reign.
GOD save the KING.
The Right Honourable Sir Edward Grey
to the Lords Commissioners of the
Admiralty* : —
Foreign Office,
October 3, 1911.
My Lords,
His Majesty being fully determined to
observe the duties of neutrality during the
existing state of war between Italy and
Turkey; being, moreover, resolved to prevent,
as far as possible, the use of His Majesty’s
harbours, ports, and coasts, and the waters
within His Majesty’s territorial jurisdiction,
in aid of the warlike purposes of either
belligerent, has commanded me to commu
nicate to your Lordships, for your guidance,
the following Rules, which are to be treated
and enforced as His Majesty’s orders and
directions: —
Rule 1. During the continuance of the
present state of war, all ships of war of either
belligerent are prohibited from making use |
of any port or roadstead in the United King- [
dom, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands,
or in any of His Majesty’s Colonies or foreign
possessions or dependencies, or of any waters :
subject to the territorial jurisdiction of the
British Crown, as a station or place of resort
for any warlike purpose, or for the purpose of !
obtaining any facilities for warlike equipment;
and no ship of war of either belligerent shall
hereafter be permitted to leave any such port, |
roadstead, or waters from which any vessel
of the other belligerent (whether the same
shall be a ship of war or a merchant ship) shall
have previously departed until after the
expiration of at least twenty-four hours from
the departure of such last-mentioned vessel
beyond the territorial jurisdiction of His
Majesty.
Rule 2. If there is now . in any such port,
roadstead, or waters subject to the territorial
jurisdiction of the British Crown any ship of
war of either belligerent, such ship of war
shall leave such port, roadstead, or waters
within such time not less than twenty-four
hours as shall be reasonable, having regard to
all the circumstances and the condition of such
ship as to repairs, provisions, or things neces-
sary for the subsistence of her crew; and if
after the date hereof any ship of war of either
belligerent shall enter any such port, road
stead, or waters, subject to the territorial
jurisdiction of the British Crown, such ship
shall depart and put to sea within twenty-
four hours after her entrance into any such
port, roadstead, or waters, except in case of
stress of weather, or of her requiring provi
sions or things necessary for the subsistence,
her.crew, or repairs; in either of which ca^
the authorities of the port, or of the neared
port (as the case may be), shall require her
to put to sea as soon as possible after the
expiration of such period of twenty-four
hours, without permitting her to take in
supplies beyond what may be necessary for her
immediate use; and no such vessel which may
have been allowed to remain within British
waters for the purpose of repair shall continue
in any such port, roadstead, or waters, for a
longer period than twenty-four hours after
her necessary repairs shall have been com
pleted. Provided, nevertheless, that in all
cases in which there shall be any vessels
(whether ships of war or merchant ships) of
both the said belligerent parties in the same
port, roadstead, or waters within the terri
torial jurisdiction of His Majesty, there shall
be an interval of not less than twenty-four
hours between the departure therefrom of any
such vessel (whether a ship of war or merchant
ship) of the one belligerent, and the subse
quent departure therefrom of any ship of war
of the other belligerent; and the time hereby
limited for the departure of such ships of war
respectively shall always, in case of necessity,
be extended so far as may be requisite for
giving effect to this proviso, but no further or
otherwise.
Rule 3. No ship of war of either belligerent
shall hereafter be permitted, while in any
such port, roadstead, or waters subject to the
territorial jurisdiction of His Majesty, to take
in any supplies, except provisions and such
other things as may be requisite for the sub
sistence of her crew, and except so much coal
only as may be sufficient to carry such vessel
to the nearest port of her own country, or to
some nearer named neutral destination, and
no coal shall again be supplied to any such
ship of war in the same or any other port,
roadstead, or waters subject to the territorial
jurisdiction of His Majesty, without special
permission, until after the expiration of three
months from the time when such coal mav
have been last supplied to her within British
waters as aforesaid.
Rule 4. Armed ships of either belligerent
are interdicted from carrying prizes made by
them into the ports, harbours, roadsteads,
or waters of the United Kingdom, the Isle of
Man, the Channel Islands, or any of His
Majesty’s Colonies or possessions abroad.
The Governor or other chief authority of
each of His Majesty’s territories or possessions
bevond the seas shall forthwith notify and
publish the above Rules.
* Similar letters to the Treasury, Home Office,
Colonial Office, War Office. 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. , Scottish Office,
and Board of Trade.
I have, &c.,
E. GREY.
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Part 1 consists of correspondence relating to Britain's position of neutrality during the Italo-Turkish War in Libya in 1911. The papers include a royal proclamation in the London Gazette stating Britain's position (folios 207-208) and the according rules of conduct for authorities in British territories, as set out by the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey (folio 205).

Several incidents relating to these rules are covered by the papers:

The correspondence is between 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. , Foreign Office, 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. at Aden, Privy Council Office, and the Italian Embassy in London.

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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

The subject 4327 (Turco-Italian War) consists of one volume divided into four parts.

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