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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎132r] (272/530)

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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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of r.dnd rdjit say the 1\ eta uxL ...rjoiiients in tl e
coi.i. iini^ue were, c,na that fl ora was more "behind it,
and yrohably the eomunicjue would do more hart than jood"
k-e ntAt saia, h^elj., c a tj e 11 ev>'a iic^s tu i eacn ti e T:eojele
somehow, Govermient had better very gradually let it cut
through the aress in carefully inspired articles. Tliis
thin^ is like a y^’eat r.dsfortune which has to be communicated
to d person, who is dreedy in jreat jrief, it is a blov
which will hurt, and increase that jrief, and it should
reach aim ppradually and he softened down as iar as possible^*
a. I made a strong point of the guarantee of the
-ledjaz and she said, Oh ? £L1 of us who have any
intelligence or education know perfectly well that the
uoverament iias no prejudices, and is more mhan iair to the
Muhammadans, but you have to think of the ignorant and
fanatical masses who don’t understand. Thy. you have onl^
just been talking of the Government wanting to erect c,
mosque for the sepoys at Basra; isn’t this a proof of the
'ovt’s. good intentions to us ?
I then said that it was because Government realized
the ignorance of the masses, that I was giving her the
I information, and that similar steps were being taken
throughout India with a view to the leaders and great men

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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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