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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎121v] (251/530)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 5 Sep 1916-27 Mar 1919. 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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Enclosure No. 25. . , , r iq Ag
Extract from a letter from the Government of P»«^
dated the 16th January 1917.
The news regarding the disposal of Constantinople
of the war has spread to some extent the " in the Civil and
speech in the Duma concerning it n b f ° paper, which has
Military Gazette ; and the h uan, a L ihoi been ^iven permis-
enquired whether it is allowed to publish the J, been
siou to do so provided it abstain announcement for
caused anywhere nor has much attention been g development has
the reasons, it would appear, that ! c pos Turkev is still undefeated, the
been anticipated from the first that, uUle ^ t0 .
agieemeut is nut within measurable distance ol bcin 0 = i ^ ,
not aware of the new angle ^ the offimtmg editor explained tl at
Mm the receW aDd promisei
that no further comments on the matter would appea
ZZZro^alr from the Government of Benyal, No. 818.?., dated the
17ih January 1917.
3. The attitude of the people—The news of the p^ently attracted
with regard to Turkey has “^ufassa^ Ttmwell disposed are
little attention either in 0 given regarding the Holy Places,
content with the assurances whic ° . » the Balkans and the failures m
while others consider that the «lt “ , A1]; will never be in a position
Gallipoli and Mesopotamia that the agreement is merely
to enter Constantinople. Some t Great Britain in order to prevent
uS from concluding^' a -parate peac. “ftdUin L!
. «•..—-
recognition ot India s rights. ^
ZZatfrom a letter from the Government Provinces, No. 42-
c., dated the 19th January 1917.
Practically all Commissioners report that
the Russian treaty, which is ! 00 ^ . 0, t e “ talkin „ 0 f |,olding a meeting and
action. People in Agra have, howevei, been ^ ^ the st e
steps will be taken to stop t ns. , aroused some wild speculation
of booking of goods in certain directions have aroused s^ ^ At J ck
both verbal and in grain dealing. | her ® ar ken and that ttie lines are being
has been blown up, that Peshawai has t0 the p ron tier, where the
kept free for the easy movement ^ Bannu Among
Germans are said to be. b 1 ‘ . v Basrah has been retaken
other war rumours may be^mentioned . ^ postcards is to be doubled to
by the Turks, and that the price of^ampsandp^c
raise funds. The last rumour is marked by an mciease i

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The volume contains papers regarding the future of Constantinople [Instanbul]. It includes: 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. minute papers; copies of correspondence between the Foreign Office and Sir George Buchanan, HM Ambassador at Petrograd [St Petersburg], and other British diplomats; draft telegrams from the Secretary of State for India addressed to the Viceroy of India; correspondence 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. and the Foreign Office; and other papers. Some of the correspondence is in French.

Issues discussed in the papers include: whether the Constantinople Agreement, concluded between the British, French and Russian governments in March 1915 (under the terms of which Constantinople and the Straits of the Dardanelles would be annexed to the Russian Empire), should be made public; the possible effect upon Muslims in India of the announcement of the agreement; and the question of the re-conversion of the St Sophia [Hagia Sophia] mosque in Constantinople into a Christian church.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (259 folios)

The subject 3579 (Turkey: the future of Constantinople) consists of one volume, IOR/L/PS/10/623.

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 259; 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. The front and back covers, along with the two leading and two ending flyleaves have not been foliated.

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