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File 3531/1905 Pt 1 ‘Mesopotamia:- Euphrates + Tigris S. N. Co.; Mail contract’ [‎319v] (8/148)

The record is made up of 1 item (72 folios). It was created in 1904-1905. 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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ns these steamers are detained in Baghdad for quite uncertain periods,
owing to the unsufficiency of the wharf at the Custom House, we could
not recommend the Government of India to increase the subsidy in
order to obtain an accelerated service. Because all that could he
gained under present conditions, of heavily-laden steamers and^ barges,
and a low river, would be a possible slight increase of speed during high
river when the service is already punctual. Navigation, at high speed
with very little water in the river would he impracticable^
In conclusion, I would venture respectfully to remind you that
during the last decennial period this Company has been spending very
large sums of money upon the development of the Persian trade vid
the Karun. More than half of this trade is Indian, and the Indian
Government do not at present contribute anything towards the service.
The advantages of the service have already been reaped in a practical
form by the Government of India, the material for the new overland
telegraph line having been conveyed to its destination in Persia by the
Company’s steamers on the Karun, and across the Ahwaz-Isfahan Hoad,
which has been constructed at the Company’s expense.
I have, &c.,
The Secretary of State Prank Bottomley,
for India. Secretary.
Enclosure No. 3.
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. to Eoreign 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. ,
gi r> 2nd March ] 904.
With reference to the letter from the Government of India,
No. 150, Eoreign, dated the 24th September 1903, as to the conditions
of the renewal of the contract with the Euphrates and Tigris Steam
Navigation Company for the conveyance of mails between Busreh and
Bagdad, which terminates on the 30th April next, I am directed by
Mia Secretary Brodrick to request that he may he informed whether
Lord Lansdowne has any observations to make upon the enclosed draft*
of a letter which it is proposed to
See Enclosure o. address to the Company in reply to
an application which has been received from them for the renewal of
the Contract for a further period of ten years.
Mr. Brodrick will also be alad to learn whether Lord Lansdowne
thinks it expedient to consult Sir N. O’Conor with regard to approaching
the Porte again with a view to obtain permission for Messrs. Lynch to
use a third steamer on the Tigris.
I am, &c.,
The Under Secretary of State, A Godley.
Eoreign Office.
Enclosure No. 4.
Eoreign Office to 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. .
Eoreign Office,
Sir, t 22nd March 1904.
I am directed by the Marquess of Lansdowne to acknowledge the
receipt of your letter of the 2nd instant relative to the question of the
renewal of the Contract with the Euphrates and Tigris Company for the
conveyance of mails between Busreh and Bagdad.
It appears to Lord Lansdowne that the communication which the
Secretary of State for India proposes to address to the Company is
likely to result in a renewed application from Messrs. Lynch for
permission to use a third steamer on the Tigris. Sir N. O’Conor in his,

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Part 1 of the volume comprises correspondence relating to, as well as draft copies of (ff 325-327, ff 338-341, ff 384-386) an indenture for the renewal of the concession agreed between the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation Company (ETSNC) and the British Government, for the conveyance of mail between Busreh [Basra] and Baghdad. The part’s principal correspondents are: the Secretary of the ETSNC (Frank Bottomley); the Legal Adviser and Solicitor to the Secretary of State for India (Sir Horatio Hale Shephard); the Assistant Under-Secretary of State to 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. (Sir Horace George Walpole).

The discussion between Government officials focuses on clauses relating to the maintenance of regular weekly communication between Basra and Baghdad by the ETSNC (clause 5), and the resultant penalties (or exemptions from penalties) incurred by delays or cancellations to the mail service (clauses 11 to 13).

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File 3531/1905 Pt 1 ‘Mesopotamia:- Euphrates + Tigris S. N. Co.; Mail contract’ [‎319v] (8/148), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/88/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100031751619.0x000030> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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