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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎179r] (366/530)

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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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replied thet it was racre difficult to do this in Russia
than ±n England but he was most anxious to work with the
Duma, Latter however was making mistake of treating
dismissal o± Stunner as a concession made to it where
as tne wrap or or parted with him because His Majesty
shared opinion, universally hold,that he was not fit
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foi his postr On ny referring/economic crisis His
Excellency admitted lack of organisation in many quar-
tei s bu u assured me that on his return from he ad quarts
ers in four days he would give whole question his most
serious attention and that he hoped to effect improve
His Excellency told me the Emperor had not as yet
taxon any decision as regards choice of new Minister
for Foreign Affairs and asked whether IL Neratoff who
was appointed acting Minister for Foreign Affairs could
be left in charge without inconvenience,. On my reply
ing in the affirmative His Excellency said that per
haps things might remain as they are for a few weeks*
Referring to our Constantinople Agroenent,His
Excellency said that he proposed making projected de
clamation in Durna on Saturd ay next December 2 nd* and
suggested agreement should be published in 3 capitals
on following day* Declaration would, he was convinced,
have an excellent effect in this country. As His
Excellency also spoke of necessity for Prussia of
liberating occupied territory and re-establishing
Poland within its national limits I gather he will also
deal with these questions in the Duma c
I repeated to His Excellency what as reported

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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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