Coll 6/68 'Syria: Relief of destitute British Indians in Syria' [7r] (13/54)
The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 2 Jan 1935-19 Oct 1935. 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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The foreign Secretary to the Government of India,
The Under Secretary of State for India,
Political Department, 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. ,.
Srmla, the ^ September 1935*
Relief of British Indians in Syria.
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With reference to the correspondence ending with
your letter Ho.P.S. 3623/35, dated the 17th June 1935, I am
forward a copy
of the communica-
1. Telegram to His Majesty’s Consul, Damascus,
Ho.728-X, dated the 5th July 1935.
2. Letter from His Majesty’s Consul, Damascus, )
Ho. 1567/291/66, dated the 16 th July 19 35. )
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tions noted in the margin, and to say that after careful
consideration the Government of India agree to continue
to pay a small compassionate allowance to these destitute
females during their life time, hut are not prepared to
contribute towards the children, who should apparently be
regarded as Syrians and not Indians. As these destitutes
have so distant a connection with India, the Government of
India consider that it would be better to leave them in
Damascus, where they must have made contacts, than to
repatriate them to India where they appear to have no
relatives or friends and in the absence of any Poor Law
Administration would starve.
I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient servant,
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for foreign Secretary to the Government of India.
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This file concerns the administration of funds granted by the Government of India to the British Consulate in Damascus for the provision of relief to destitute British Indians residing in Syria.
According to the correspondence, it was originally intended that the payments would cease at the end of the financial year of 1933/34, but the funds lasted longer than expected. In 1935, with funds almost exhausted, the correspondence discusses whether the allowance should be continued in order to continue to provide relief to five destitute British Indian women. Also discussed is the possibility of the women being repatriated to India.
The file features the following correspondents: His Majesty's Consul, Damascus (Gilbert MacKereth); the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; officials of the Foreign Office and 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. .
In addition to correspondence the file includes a statement of disbursements for the period of 1926-1934.
The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (folio 1).
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- 1 file (25 folios)
The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 27; 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.
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