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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎158r] (326/544)

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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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Sir G. Lowther to Sir Edward Grey.—[Received November 14 )
(No. S?2.)
Sir, Constantinople, November 8, 1910.
I HAVE the honour to forward herewith a map* from His Majesty’s consul-
general at Bagdad, together with copy of a letter from Sir William Willcocks, explaining
the possible railways from Bagdad to Bussorah.
_ I would be much obliged if the inclosed map could be sent to the Director of
Military Operations for reproduction, and if copies could be furnished to this embassy.
I have, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Sir W. Willcocks to Consul-General Lorimer.
My dear Lorimer, Bagdad, October 7, 1910.
I ENCLOSE two copies of a plan showing all possible railways between Bagdad
and Bussorah.
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 the Ctesiphon curve down to Nasria.
Once the escape is made the Tigris in the Amara reach will be capable of great
as it is a kind of wash-pot for the Tigris.
The first result will be that the line of railway down the left bank of the Tigris
from Bagdad to Kut and thence to Amara, Gurna, and Bussorah, will become an
excellent line of railway, the shortest and the best between Bagdad and Bussorah.
The navigation of The Tigris downstreams 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.
Bagdad 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.
Yours sincerely,
2988 o

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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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