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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎170v] (351/544)

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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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He had only yesterday commenced his negotiations with the German Ambassador, and
thought that they were likely to last some three weeks. He had handed to Count
Pourtales a draft project, of which he would send me a copy in the strictest confidence,
but some of the proposals which it contained wmdd, he thought, meet with opposition
at Berlin.
I thanked his Excellency for this fresh proof of his confidence; and the
conversation then turned to the questions of the Persian loan and of the conversion of
the Russian debt. On my repeating to his Excellency the reasons which, as
Mr. O’Beirne had already explained to him, made it impossible for us to throw
over the Imperial Bank, M. Sazonow said that he perfectly understood our position. I
told him further that we were most anxious to do nothing to cause Russia any
embarrassments, that we would use our influence at Tehran to accelerate the
conclusion of the Russian conversion scheme, and that, if the Persians proved really
intractable, we would not raise objections to such measures as he might deem it
necessary to take to safeguard her interests. His Excellency, however, appeared to be
in a much calmer and more optimistic frame of mind than I had ventured to hope, and
said that now that the Kashan incident had been satisfactorily settled, he did not think
that it would be necessary for Russia to have recourse to any coercive measures.
Without entering into any details, M. Sazonow gave me to understand that the
prospects of an early settlement of the conversion scheme were more favourable than
they have been for some time past.
I have, Ac.

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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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