File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [151r] (310/544)
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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Dated Baghdad, the 7th October 1910.
From —Sir William Willcocks,
To— J. G. Lorimer, Esq., C.I.E., Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Turkish Arabia and His
Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General, Baghdad.
I enclose two copies of a plan showing all possible railways between
Baghdad and Basrah.
As far as I can see I shall be forced to make an escape for the Tigris down
the depression which runs from the extreme end of Ctesiphon curve down to
Nasria. Once the escape is made the Tigris in the Amara reach will be capable
of great development, and I must carefully examine the tract which hitherto
I have everlooked as it is a kind of washpot for the Tigris.
The first result will be that the line of railway down the left bank of the
Tigris from Baghdad to Kut and thence to Amara, Gurna and Basrah will
become an excellent line of railway, the shortest and the best between Baghdad
The navigation of the Tigris downstream of Amara hangs on such a fine
thread and may any day come to a dead stop, that we should be ready with an
alternative Tigris railway.
Baghdad without the Tigris navigation will be an unimportant town unless
a railway quickly takes its place.
Mind the Euphrates has completely changed its course in two different
places, and so can the Tigris. It has done so in the past.
Dated Baghdad, the 15th October 1910.
From—S ir William Willcocks,
T 0 J. Gr. LouimeR, Esq., C.I.E., Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Turkish Arabia and His
Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General.
I have already sent you plans and a letter about this. I send you copy
of the letter I sent the Vali. If we are not ready beforehand with our railway
through the National Bank of Turkey or some other interested party, and
suddenly the Tigris is shut to navigation, the Turkish Government will in
despair have to call for the damnable and useless de^t.j:aiIw.a^..Qf thu„G£Xmans,
useless to all except the Anatolian Bailway shark. Now that the railway can
go profitably along the left bank of the Tigris, I am working on the Nahrwan
project and hope to have it in the first batch of work.
9 Octobre 1910,
Son Excellence le Vali, Bagdad.
A^nWITmi cet endroit, en aval d’Abo Gherbi, constitue un deversoir
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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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