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File 2908/1907 Pt 3 ‘Persian Gulf:- Quarantine; German complaint’ [‎41v] (82/250)

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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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(Enclosure Nos. 3 and 4.)
Copy of a telegram No J/, dated 13th March ,907. P om Sir Cecil Spring
R,ce ICCM.G., HU Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran, to Major
P. Z. c'x, C.I.E., 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. .
Please refer to your telegram No. 25. Certainly, but 1 desire, apart from the
Onarantfne Question, to bring the conduct of the Consul to the knowledge of the
Russfan and British Governments. Please as soon as possible have report sent.
Copy of a telegram No. tsg, dated 16th March , 9 o 7 ,from Major P. Z.
Cox, C.I.E., 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. , to Lieutenant C. H.
Gabriel, His Majesty's Consul, Bunder Abbas.
Kindly request Assistant Surgeon. Montgomery, to show you the complaint
telegraphed by him to Williams on the subject of the incident affecting Russian
emnlovd and Consulate in connection with the last visit of the steamer Madura.
Williams is temporarily absent, but he has or will ask Montgomery to submit
a full report verifying the facts first reported. If necessary kindly give
Montgomery confidendial and informal advice as to the best means of doing this.
Let me have independently your own opinion, but do not outwardly identify your
self with the case. On Monday the S.S. “Madura” will presumably again
be at Bunder Abbas.
(Enclosure Nos. 5 and 6.)
Copy of a telegram No. 33, dated /6th March 1907, from Sir Cecil Spring
Rice, K.C.M.G., His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran^ to Major
P. Z. Cox, 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. .
Please refer to me telegram No. 31. lam informed by the Russian Minister
that as soon as the incident was reported, the Russian Consul demanded strict
enquiry in the presence of the Captain and the English Officers of the vessel,
the sanitary delegate and all the passengers. The accusation that the Russian
Consul’s servant had violated the quarantine regulations was repudiated
unanimously and the Doctor’s report was qualified by the English Captain as an
impudent calumniation. The Russian Consul added that the Doctor categorically
refused his demand for a further enquiry as to the alleged assault by his servant.
Is it not possible that this version may be true ?
Copy of a telegram, dated 22nd March igoj, from Lieutenant C. H. Gabriel,
His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Bunder Abbas, to Major P. Z. Cox,
C.I.Ey, 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. .
Please refer to your telegram No. 129. An attempt was made by
Montgomery last Monday to elicit evidence from the Captain of the <f Madura”.
The latter however would state nothing to the point. I fear under these
circumstances that our case is rather weak, but as 1 consider that an offence
really was committed by the Russian, I submit that we should make the most
of the existing scanty evidence. 1 am of opinion that the weakness of our case
is due to the fact that Montgomery did not proceed at once to the ship to secure
all the evidence available.
(Enclosure No. 7.)
Copy of a telegram, dated 25th March IQ07, from Captain T. S. B. Williams,
I.M.S., in charge Quarantine Operations 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. , Bushire, to
Docteur Schneider, President of the Sanitary Board at Tehran.
Viens de recevoir rapport du Medecin Sanitaire Bender Abbas remettant
temoignages sur lesquels il basait sa plainte parvenue telegraphiquement et il me
semble certain qu’une infraction des reglements quarantenaires est en effet
survenue et qu’apr&s reception de la plainte du Medecin Sanitaire il incombait au
Consul de donner suite a sa demande et d’envoyer le coupable en quarantaine
pendant 24 heures.

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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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