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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎156r] (322/544)

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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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is the Property of His Britannic Majesty s Government. ]
[October 31.]
Section 1.
Sir G. Lowthcr to Sir Edward Grey—(Received October 31.)
(No. 774.) v ;
SiL , _ Constantinople, October 26, 1910.
I HAVE the Iionoui to foiward herewith a despatch from His Majesty^ vice -
consul at Adana, giving details of contract work for the construction of a dike, which
has been granted to the Bagdad Railway Company.
I have, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1
Vice-Consul Rawlins to Consul-General Eyres.
(No. 51.)
Sir, Adana, October 15, 1910.
I HAVE the honour to report that the Bagdad Railway Company has obtained a
contract for the construction of a dike, which is to be built for the purpose of
protecting this town from the disastrous floods which have at various times been
caused by the overflowing of the Seihun River at the time of the heavy winter rains.
The dike will be about 4 kilom. in length, and the company have agreed to
construct it for the sum of £ T. 40,000.
Work upon this is said to begin shortly.
The same company, or rather the well-known German firm of contractors,
Holzmann and Co., have also obtained the official sanction of the Government to make
the surveys for the irrigation of the Cilician Plain.
The surveys will extend from the town of Missis down to Mersina, and the
conditions are that the company make the survey within three months at their own
expense; afterwards, the company will be granted the concession for the actual
irrigation works, or if these latter be given to some other concessionnaire, or the
scheme abandoned, then the expenses of the initial survey will be paid to the
I have, &c.
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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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