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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎205r] (418/530)

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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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[This Document to the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government
and sfaonid be returned to the Foreign Office when clo ne with unless
recplrati for official useo]
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D&cypher. 3ir G* - Buchanan (Petrograd) November lltn, 1916,
9,25 p^m. November lltli, 1916,
R, llo50 a,m, November 12th^ 1916c
No,, 1721,
* * * * # * * *
My telegram No
In reply to question addressed to Mm by Minister
for Foreign Affairs tMs morning French Ambassador
said he had not yet received his instructions bub as
Minister for Foreign Affairs seemed anxious to proceed
with discussion I enquired whether he would be prepared
toofA u 2 y
to adopt draft of Do comb or S4trh as it stood: His
Excellency replied that the only alteration he wished
to introduce was substitution of word “development”
for word ”expansion” in (? '4th) line of last page of
enclosure in your despatch No. 235. As regarded
documents to be published he supposed that they would
include Russian aide memoire of February 19th/March
4th, British March 12th and French April dOtM
Minister for Foreign Affairs than suggested that
he might, when Duma met next Tuesday, make a statement
to the effect that Allies had consented to Russia
acquiring Constantinople Straits after the war and
that documents embodying this agreement would be
shortly published. My French colleague who always

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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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