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Coll 29/36 'Kerman: consulate buildings' [‎41r] (83/216)

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The record is made up of 1 file (107 folios). It was created in 9 Mar 1923-27 Mar 1940. 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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If Government would consent to take up the usufructuary-
mortgage at this figure the Office Allowance could he
reduced by its. 770 and the Consulate would obtain an
adequate supply of water ^viz. 440 instead of the present
280, an increase of 57$) at the same price that it is paying
at present.
I would therefore strongly recommend that the present
opportunity of taking up the mortgage on such favourable
terms be seized and that I should be authorized to make an
immediate advance of Tumans 4,500 to bardar husret and
draw up a mortgage deed. sardar busret will agree to the
period of the mortgage fixed at 4 years which gives Government
a reasonable fixity of tenure, nowever even at the expiration
of 4 years there is but little chance of the mortgage being
redeemed. In the case of the Consulate the rent paid by
Government remained at a very low figure for over 30 years
owing to the fact of its being mortgaged to Government (vide
paragraph 6 of this office letter i*o.48/539 of June 17th, 1927
The only risk that would seem to be incurred is that
the M Zirisf M channel has now been in existence for several
centuries. As an investment it is considered locally as
"marghub" i.e. gilt edged yielding only 5>; the value of the
water has steadily increased during the last 10 years by
present depressed Kran exchange would seem to offer a
favourable opportunity for a trans&dion of this nature in
Persian currency. The market value of 440 hours* water
is Tumans 8,400 as compared to the proposed mortgage value
of Turaans 4,500.
the rate of hrans 365 per jis.100. This being the rate fixed
the •^anat** will dry up or greatly deteriorate, however
40$, and is now 55$ above its pre-war price, moreover the
In converting Krans to rupees I have throughout used

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The file concerns the British Consulate buildings at Kerman.

The file covers:

  • payment of lease of the buildings to Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari (initially referred to as Sardar Nasrat)
  • repayment of loan granted to Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari
  • negotiations for the purchase of the buildings and surrounding gardens
  • maintenance and repairs
  • water supply for irrigating the Consulate gardens
  • Statements comparing the Expenditure incurred by the Government of India on Diplomatic and Consular Services in Iran in the year 1928-29 with that in the previous year (folios 15-27).

The file is composed of correspondence between the Viceroy, the Foreign Office, 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. , the Government of India, the British Consulate at Kerman, the British Legation at Tehran, and 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. , and Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari.

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1 file (107 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 108; 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.

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