Item 9 - Printed copy of a telegram from Lord Reading to Edwin Montagu

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MONT II/A/3/24/9


Printed copy of a telegram from Lord Reading to Edwin Montagu


  • 21 Nov. 1921 (Creation)

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Quiet prevails at Bombay. Gandhi has made a press statement in which he does not dispute the seriousness of the violent outbreaks or deny that they constitute a breach of his injunctions to refrain from harm or insult to the Prince, and admits that he finds himself unable to control the spirit of revolt and that the hope of reviving mass civil obedience has once more been dashed. Reading believes that the non-co-operationists have suffered a great defeat and that the majority at Bombay have shown themselves loyal to the Crown. There have been hartals in several big cities and intimidation has been resorted to, particularly in Calcutta. The Government of Bengal has declared the volunteer corps unlawful. Practically all shops were shut in Delhi, but despite the success of hartals he believes that the general public are now anxious for Government to assert its authority. Will discuss the situation in Council tomorrow. Urges Montagu to oppose the institution of autonomous rule at Adrianople under the Greek flag, and asks whether it is impossible that autonomy should be under Turkish suzerainty, though under international control.

(Cuttings from a larger document, pasted to a sheet of paper.)

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