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File 2908/1907 Pt 3 ‘Persian Gulf:- Quarantine; German complaint’ [‎117r] (233/250)

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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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ordinary sanitary measures, under the new as under the old Convention,
rrvf a ^ ew ^f' c ^ or h as ^een introduced in the measures of rat destruction.
Ihese do not apply to ships from cholera-infected ports, which will, there-
iore, he unaffected hy these new dispositions. In regard to ships from
pJague-mfected ports, the two classes of “infected” and “suspected”
strips are m any case subject to ordinary sanitary measures, and the
addition ot rat destruction to these does not affect the question of their
repulsion to another port. In regard to the class of “ indemnes” ships,
these are also liable under existing rules to repulsion, in order "to
un e^o t le measuies of disinlection of linen, &c. The new Convention
introduces no new measures in making such ships liable to repulsion.
It only adds rat destruction to the disinfection of linen, &c., for which
such repulsion may become necessary. It was foreseen by the Con
ference that m some countries several ports might exist with means for
applying ordinary sanitary measures (though only one is obligatory),
hut that not all of them would have the means for applying rat
destruction. Ships repulsed with the latter object would therefore be
under a disadvantage as compared with those repulsed with the former.
It v as uO meet this difficulty that it was agreed to recommend that all
laige pmts should he provided with means for rat destruction. We
venture to think that this may to some extent meet the difficulty. It
v as in an\ case the best that could be obtained, and it would, in our
opinion, be very undesirable to make this point a reason for reiectin 0 *
the Convention as a whole.
Pinally, we may point out that the rejection of tiie Convention would
involve the rejection of the advantages gained in recard to the list of
goods which may he prohibited; the medical visit at night in Esypt;
the application of measures for a first case of plague or cholera; the
passage of the Suez Canal, under certain conditions, bv pilgrim ships,
without detention at Tor; the transit of Egypt in quarantine trains *
and the addition of “isolation ” to the “cure ” or “ death” of the last
case in determining the end of an epidemic. To these points we have
referred in an earlier part of this Despatch.
We have, &c..
The Marquess of Lansdowne, K.G., (for British Delegates)
&c., &c., &c. M. de Bunsen.
Enclosure No. 5.
The Under Secretary of State for Poreign Affairs presents Ids
compliments to the Under Secretary of State for India, and, with
reference to the letter from 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. of the 17th instant,
E. and S. 2925, is directed hy the Secretary of State for Poreign Affairs
to transmit to him, to be laid before the Secretary of State for India,
the accompanying papers, respecting the proposed sanitary station 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. .
Lord Lansdowne proposes to approve the action of the delegates, as
reported in their Despatch No. 17.
Poreign Office,
27th November 1903.
Annex 1 .
Telegram to Sir E. Monson, Paris.
No. 13 (Commercial). Poreign Office,
^ . 17th November 1903.
Poliowing for delegates, with reference to your telegram, No. 12
(Commercial), of 16th November.
14048. e

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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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