Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [6r] (12/220)
The record is made up of 1 file (110 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1893-19 Dec 1918. It was written in English and French. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .
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[This Document is the Property of Her Britannic Majesty’s Government.]
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. to Foreign Office.—(Received June 20.)
Sir, 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. , June 19, 1895.
WITH reference to your letter of the 23rd October last, I am desired by
Mr. Fowler to forward herewith, for the information of the Earl of Kimberley, copy of
a Secret letter from the Government of India, dated the 30th January, and inclosures,
conveying the opinion of the Chief Commissioner of Burmah and of the Government
of India that it is not desirable to make overtures to the Myingun Prince at the
present time with the object of inducing him to quit Saigon and place himself under
2. Mr. Fowler is of opinion that, for the reasons advanced by Lord Elgin’s
Government, it would be advisable to postpone any negotiations with the Burmese
Pretender in view to his return to British territory.
I have, &c.
(Signed) A. GODLEY.
Inclosure 1 in No. 1.
The Governor-General of India in Council to Mr. Fowler.
Sir, Fort William, January 30, 1895.
A COPY of your Secret despatch (with inclosures), dated the 2nd November,
1894, regarding the Myingun Prince, was communicated to the Chief Commissioner of
Burmah, and we have now the honour to forward copy of a Report which conveys
Sir A. Mackenzie’s opinion. We concur with him in thinking that the reopening of
negotiations with the Prince would be a delicate matter, and we recognize that an
unsuccessful attempt to arrive at an understanding might tend to add to the embarrass
ment of the position.
2. We have no reason to anticipate that any Shan Chiefs or men of note in
Burmah would openly join the Prince if he appeared, as an adventurer, within or on
the borders of our Burmese possessions. His presence in the neighbourhood of
Burmah would, however, cause disquietude which we could not afford to view with
indifference, and the French certainly possess in him a potential means of causing
trouble. At the same time action on our part calculated to raise the Prince’s value
in his own eyes—and possibly also in the eyes of the French—might render him a more
formidable instrument of mischief; while his hopes of French assistance, which are
apparently on the wane, may be expected to grow fainter if nothing occurs to encourage
3. On the whole, therefore, we are disposed to do nothing at present, more
especially as the proceedings of the Mekong Commission may shortly place us in
a better position to estimate the aims and intentions of the French Colonial partv.
We recognize, however, that the matter is one in which Imperial as well as local
interests are involved, and, if Her Majesty’s Government think it worth while, an
attempt to come to an arrangement with the Prince can be made.
We have, &c.
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The file contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to Middle Eastern affairs and a few other miscellaneous matters. The majority of the file concerns discussions of and proposals for the post-war settlement of Near Eastern territories, including Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. The basis of these discussions was the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.
Other matters covered by the papers include events in Siam [Thailand] and Burmah [Myanmar] and the colonial rivalry in the region between France and Britain, the Baghdad Railway, and relations with Ibn Saud in Arabia, including a report on the 1917-18 mission to Najd by Harry St John Philby (folios 67-98).
Folios 99-110 are six maps with accompanying notes that show the various proposed territorial settlements and spheres of influence in the Near East and one showing Britain's global colonial possessions.
Memoranda and correspondence comes from officials at the Foreign Office and 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. . Other correspondents include French and Italian government officials.
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The file is arranged in roughly chronological order, from the front to the back.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front of the envelope with 1, and terminates at the inside back last page with 110, 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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