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'SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS AND MEASURES OF THE VICEROYALTY OF HIS EXCELLENCY LORD CURZON OF KEDLESTON, VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA IN THE FOREIGN DEPARTMENT. I. JANUARY 1899-APRIL 1904. II. DECEMBER 1904-NOVEMBER 1905. VOLUME IV. PERSIA AND THE PERSIAN GULF.' [‎98r] (200/386)

The record is made up of 1 volume (189 folios). It was created in 1907. 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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„ n , ll( i possibly prevent or postpone hopes which the trade route itself had
h«on called into‘existence to realise, and which, without it would haye had no
been called mt' Nus bki Seistan trade route was a bona ^ enterprise, upon
being. Litlici t* pm harked in the main because of its commercial
# 2 % was
l S Lord Curzon had no hesitation in urging a strenuous continuation ot the
venture with an eye, not to an early or brilliant success of the trade route, bu
, tw(i-fold contingency, political and commercial, in the future. In the first
nHec « we id not continue to show an active interest in Se.stan, Russia would:
rfisas 3 ?»«” k"«“ «K f* ~«.
oca of fhp Lundcr Abbas road for Indian trade to Khorasan , and this t
IZ l be easy for our rivals to close by similar tactics. If we did not desire
would < y p A r fi i a n Gulf the obvious method was to block the
Russia to advance to the 1“ G t " l t t ,’ le tl J e ut 0 ure of Nortliern Khorasan, which
Sveu bf incluldlnthc British sphere of interest. It was no exaggeration to
say we could not afford to see it excluded.
l l Secondly the future of Seistan would depend upon the proper emp oy-
ment o'f the immense
system ot irrigation, might rai P fi.nf tho future of Seistan would
ttESJstww-*-535ir“
ai"S .h.»u 1« ™u«s •» ■* -S”" 1 ” 1
by us instead of having been already absorbed by otheis.
15. For these reasons Lord^Gur^recommemle^^
in reducing its discomforts ^f^nce wUhin it, to build up au
to the borders of Seistan and of Bi s aR aroa anc \ a market of so
interest in Seistan which sou s ^\ . Government of India should
much potential value ^object the that would be
.pp»™i - .1*. -
trary to be attended with reasonable hopes of success.
16. Tlie Mioufe then 33
any reference to Persia, for strategical reasons .namely^ i ^ ^ ^ 9Ug .
at any future period, aB^ssmna^^ N 4 0 advocated it for two reasons:
gestion was ^kea up by Sir H .D AW V ; » of and as the aving of a
as a menace to the ^ even of our desiring to take the offensive against
long land mareh, m the event ot ^f-JLrted bv General Bracken bury,
that Power. This line of argument w f at y home} wh o concluded
at that time head of the Intelligence p the construction
l„ V "“L power .l»re b,
of a new line into oeistan, u • an( t py developing Balu-
bringing the frontier tribes under mm |)ase of operations. When this has
chistan and converting it into a f , into p ei . s ; a The scheme was, there-
£ dr 0 o n pped. W1 It U X clear that' the idea of a Seistan railway does not

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Printed at the GC [Government Central] Press, Simla.

The volume is divided into three parts: Part I (folios 5-47) containing an introduction; Part II (folios 48-125) containing a detailed account; and Part III (folios 126-188) containing despatches and correspondence connected with Part I Chapter IV ('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. ', folios 28-47).

Part I gives an overview of policy and events 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. region during Curzon's period as Viceroy [1899-1905], with sections on British policy in Persia; the maintenance and extension of British interests; Seistan [Sīstān]; and 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. . Part II contains more detailed accounts of selected topics, including sections on British policy in Persia, customs and finance, quarantine, administration, communications, and British and Russian activity in Seistan. The despatches and correspondence in Part III include correspondence from the Government of India in the Foreign Department, the Secretary of State for India, and the Viceroy; addresses and speeches by Curzon; and notes of interviews between Curzon and local rulers.

Mss Eur F111/531-534 consist of four identical printed and bound volumes. However, the four volumes each show a small number of different manuscript annotations and corrections.

This volume contains manuscript additions on folios 8, 11-12, 14, 42 (a sixteen word note concerning the use by the Shaikh of Koweit [Kuwait] of a distinctive colour [flag] for Kuwait shipping), and 62-66.

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1 volume (189 folios)
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The volume contains a list of Parts I-III on folio 4; a table of contents of Part I on folio 6; a table of contents of Part II on folio 49; and a table of contents of Part III on folios 127-129, which gives a reference to the paragraph of Part I Chapter IV that the despatch or correspondence is intended to illustrate.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 191; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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'SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS AND MEASURES OF THE VICEROYALTY OF HIS EXCELLENCY LORD CURZON OF KEDLESTON, VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA IN THE FOREIGN DEPARTMENT. I. JANUARY 1899-APRIL 1904. II. DECEMBER 1904-NOVEMBER 1905. VOLUME IV. PERSIA AND THE PERSIAN GULF.' [‎98r] (200/386), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/534, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100070118030.0x000001> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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