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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎240r] (490/544)

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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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, rrMs Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty's Govemment.]
[July 4.]
Section 1,
No. 1.
Sir G. Lowther to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received July 4.)
(No. 415.)
S ir > ^ TT „ TT _ 1 • Therapia, June 24, 1910.
WITH reference to yonr despatch No. 138, Secret, of the 17th ultimo and to my
y\ despatch No. 389, Confidential, of the 17th instant, I have the honour to report that,
though I have caused enquiries to he made here, I have heen unahle to hear anything
of any French activity or negotiations being in progress at present for obtaining the
concession of the Homs-Bagdad Railway line.
It appears that M. Maimon’s application has heen received at the Public Works
Department, and that satisfactory financial references have heen given hy him ; hut I
understand that he is not thought well of at the Ministry. There have otherwise heen
no new developments with regard to the railway, nor up to the present have any new
applications for it heen received at the Ministry.
The objections said to he held hy M. Bompard, as quoted in Mr. Barry’s letter of
the 10 th May to Mr. Mallet (enclosure in your despatch No. 138, Secret), correspond in
the main with the language held by M. Bompard to me, and no doubt borne out by the
present attitude of the Ottoman Government.
Youssouf Seyyid Bey is an official in the Grand Vizierate, and he may he able to
bring influence to hear to modify to some extent this attitude. M. Bompard was
evidently interested in Mr. Barry’s doings during his stay here.
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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