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Official: Colonial Office: correspondence (mainly on affairs in Mesopotamia, Iraq)., 08 Jan 1921 - 28 Feb 1921

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 17/2

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Correspondents on affairs in Mesopotamia include: Edwin Montagu [Secretary of State for India] (2); [1st Lord] Curzon of Kedleston, Lord President of the Council, on affairs in Palestine, his faith in Feisal and negotiations with France over Syria (5); T E Lawrence ["Lawrence of Arabia" later T E Shaw] on Feisal's claims and his agreement to abandon Syria (1); Sir Alfred Hirtzel [Deputy Under Secretary, India Office] on expenditure and the influence of the High Commissioner, Sir Percy Cox (4); and Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on funds for the maintenance of refugees and Walter Long.Other correspondents include: Sir Edward Stubbs on an honour from Japan; 1st Lord Milner (3); Prince Arthur of Connaught [Governor General and Commander in Chief South Africa] on South African affairs and the position of [General Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] (4); Lord Plumer, Governor of Malta on a financial grant; 1st Lord Jellicoe [Governor General and Commander in Chief, New Zealand] on affairs in New Zealand and industrial unrest; "Rawly" [1st Lord Rawlinson, Commander in Chief in India] on the importance of an agreement with Turkey to peace with Afghanistan; Edward Marsh (2); Herbert Samuel, High Commissioner in Palestine on estimates; 1st Lord Forster, Governor General and Commander in Chief, Australia] on honours to and the status of Dominion ministers; 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge]; General B Carter on the military defences of South Africa; Herbert Fisher on the staff of the Board of Education and Sir Laming Worthington-Evans.Also contains departmental correspondence and copy letters from WSC to those mentioned above and to David Lloyd George on his desire to consolidate the control of the Arabian peninsula in the Middle East Department (4).Other subjects include: French interests in Syria; the appointment of a Governor General to Canada; the strategic importance of Turkey in dealings with Russia; honours to Dominion ministers and the honours procedure; intelligence information about South Africa; and WSC's access to secret telegrams.


  • Creation: 08 Jan 1921 - 28 Feb 1921

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