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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎8r] (24/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (268 folios). It was created in 1910-1912. 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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[This Document is tlie Property of His Britannic M ajesty Govermnent.]
[May 25.]
I ——
J-**. 4 Section 3.
No. 1.
Board of Trade to Foreign Office.—(Received May 25.)
Sir, Board of Trade, May 24, 1912.
I AM directed by tlie Board of Trade to acknowledge the receipt of yonr letter
of the 21st May, transmitting copy of a despatch from His Majesty’s Ambassador at
Constantinople, with enclosure, relative to the proposed construction of new buildings
at the Bagdad Custom-house.
In regard thereto, I am to point out that in Sir R. Crawford’s letter to Mr. Tyrrell,
copy of which was enclosed in your letter of the 30th December last, it was stated that
“an arrangement may be made for the (Bagdad) Company to construct the Customs
buildings in return for a concession to exploit the bonded warehouse and transit
It is not apparent from Sir G. Lowther’s despatch if the negotiations now in
progress between the Turkish Customs administration and the Bagdad Company are
on the basis indicated in the above quotation from Sir R. Crawford’s letter, and I am
to suggest, for Sir E. Grey’s consideration, that an immediate enquiry might be
addressed to Sir G. Lowther on this point.
The Board, as they have already indicated in their letter of the 11th January last,
would have much preferred that the construction and exploitation of the bonded
warehouses at Bagdad should have been left to the joint action of the Bagdad
companies and of the companies which may hereafter operate the line to be constructed
between Bagdad and the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
I am, &c.
[2485 bb—S]
21 JUN 1912

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, maps and notes, relating to negotiations over the proposed Berlin to Baghdad Railway in the period 1910-1912.

The discussion in the volume relates to the economic, commercial, political and military considerations impinging on British strategy for the international negotiations over the development of a railway to Baghdad.

Further discussion surrounds the motivations and strategies of British competitors in the area; included in the volume is a copy of the Russo-German agreement.

The principal correspondents in the volume include Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople.

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1 volume (268 folios)

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

The subject 2764 (Bagdad Railway) consists of five volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/56-60. The volumes are divided into five parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: a pagination sequence in red crayon is present between ff 244-252.

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