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File 2908/1907 Pt 3 ‘Persian Gulf:- Quarantine; German complaint’ [‎4v] (8/250)

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The record is made up of 1 item (125 folios). It was created in 26 Feb 1903-1 Dec 1908. 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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raised, it may be remarked that, firstly, the captain of the Savoia had simply a,
clean bill of health for his ship from the British agent at Bahrein, hut was never given
pratique at Bushire ; secondly, Captain TCilliams did all that he could to assure the
comfort of the Krumpeters on the quarantine island after he had been treated most
rudely by Herr Krumpeter. # _ i j i •
In reviving this incident, the German Minister not only showed that his
information is incorrect, but that though it was provided by the German Consulate
Mirza, a Persian (there was at the time no Consul at Bushire), he believes it in
preference to the written statement of a British officer.
6. In this paragraph the German Minister hopes that the limits of power of
Captain Williams may be determined, and refers to his regime as being altogether
arbitrary. The Convention of Paris, to which Persia is a party, defines Captain
Williams’ powers; he cannot, therefore, be properly accused of arbitrariness simply
because he enforces its provisions strictly and impartially.
7. Here follows a long complaint against the tone of Captain Williams’ replies to
the German Consul. By removing sentences from their context, and incorrect
translation of English into French (vide woid “ enforce ” translated by word “ emis,”
and the rest of the sentence “in virtue of the authority vested in me by the Persian
Government ” left out), a certain amount of colour was lent in the letter to these
imputations. To any one, however, who reads the English original it will be obvious
that Captain Williams has been perfectly correct all though ; if the tone of his replies
has been cold, the German Consul’s policy of pinpricks and his assumption of
ignorance of well-recognized principles do not warrant anything else.
The discussion of the letter was begun at the fifty-fifth meeting of the Sanitary
Council on the 2nd September, and was deferred to the next meeting, a week later.
At the first discussion the sense of the meeting was strongly against the observations of
the German Minister contained in paragraphs 1, 2, and 7. In the interval between the
meetings a reply was drawn up by the Vice-President, Lokman-ul-Mamalek, and his
French secretary. It was read at the second meeting, and I now beg to transmit a
copy. The German doctor was not present, nor was Dr. Neligan, who was ill. This
was unfortunate, as the letter is a very feeble defence of Captain Williams, who, after
all, is the servant of the Persian Government; and in the case of paragraph 7, for the
English word objected to is “ enforced,’’ not “ stated.” Before the Commission referred
to in paragraph 8 a set of rules will, at its next meeting, be laid, drawn up on the
basis of the recommendations of the Chief of the Sanitary Service in the Gulf and
on those enforced at Constantinople. I think it will be well to endeavour to defer any
final decision on these proposed local rules until after the return of Dr. Coppin on the
5th November next.
I have, &c.
(Signed) CHA11LES M. MAULING.
Inclosure 1 in No. 1.
Count Quadt to Lokman-ul-Mamalek.
M. le President, Legation Impe'riale d’Allemagne, le 14 Aout, 1908.
J AI 1 honneur de vous accuser reception de votre lettre du 22 Juillet courant, dans
laquelle vous avez bien voulu me faire savoir que le Conseil Sanitaire ne pouvait se
considerer competente a interpreter 1’Article 10 de la Convention de Paris, mais qu’il
avail donne, en attendant, au Chef de la Quarantaine du Golfe Persique 1’ordre de
communiquer aux Consuls etrangers les mesures de quarantaine avant leur execution.
Je \ iens de recevoir une reponse analogue de son Altesse Ala-es-Sultaneh a ce sujet,
dans laquelle le Ministre dit que [ Arabic characters omitted ], c ! est-a-dire,
Jusqu a une interpretation competente, le Chef de la Quarantaine a repu 1’ordre
d informer d avance les Consuls et Vice-Consuls et Administrations Maritimes des ports
du Golfe de chaque mesure de quarantaine qu’il voudrait ex^cuter.”
^ J ai informe le Consul Imperial d’Allemagne h, Bouchir de la decision du
Gou\ ernement Persan, laquelle j’aime a croire empdchera d’autres incidents.
• • C l llestion me P arai f ^ mutant plus important que je viens de recevoir
aujouidhui une autre plainte du Consul Imperial d’Allemagne a Bouchir concernant la

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The item consists of part three of the subject file 2908/1907 Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. : Quarantine. This part broadly covers two topics: the proceedings of the International Sanitary Conference at Paris (1903) and complaints made by German consular staff at Bushire against the conduct of Captain Thomas Beauchamp Williams whilst undertaking his duties as Chief Quarantine Officer in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

Correspondence outlining the details of three quarantine incidents has been included:

Complaints against Captain Williams over his conduct during the latter two incidents were lodged by Count Quadt, German Minister at Tehran, at the Tehran Sanitary Council: see folios 4-6 for related papers. A copy – in French – of a report of the proceedings of the fifty-third session of the Tehran Sanitary Council can be found on folios 11-14.

A copy – in French with English translation – of the International Sanitary Convention, signed at Paris 3 December 1903, can be found on folios 43-108. For supplementary correspondence outlining the proceedings of the British delegation at the Conference, see folios 109-125.

The main correspondents are as follows: HM Minister at Tehran (Sir Cecil Arthur Spring Rice), HM Chargé d'affaires at Tehran (Charles Murray Marling), the 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Major Percy Zachariah Cox), the Chief Quarantine Officer in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , the German Consul at Bushire (Dr Franz Listermann), officials of the Foreign Office, and officials of the 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. .

No papers have been filed for the years 1905-1906.

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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the rear (folio 125) to the front of the part (folio 1).

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