'Russo-Persian Relations, 1854-1875'

IOR/R/15/1/704

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The record is made up of 1 volume (173 folios). It was created in c 1860-1910. 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.

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The volume contains records of correspondence (abstracts, lists, copies and originals) concerning relations between Russia and Persia during the period 1837-1875. The papers are as follows:

Papers relating to Russian proceedings on the island of Ashoorada [Ashuradeh] covering the years 1837-1854 (but compiled at an unspecified later date):

  • abstract of correspondence covering the years 1837-1854 (folios 1-13);
  • lists of dispatches and correspondence covering the years 1837-1852 (folios 14-21A).

Papers relating to Russo-Persian relations, c1860-1862:

  • abstract of a memoir on the general policy of Russia in the East by M. Sawarykielwiez (folios 22-33). The abstract is signed WHB. A note in blue crayon on folio 22 reads '?About 1860';
  • letter from Charles Alison, Tehran to John Russell, Earl Russell, dated 14 June 1862, enclosing a translation of a draft [not transcribed] of a secret treaty between Persia and Russia proposed during the Crimean War (original manuscript copy and two typescript copies) (folios 34-37).

Copies of secret dispatches from the British Embassy at St Petersburg to the British Government, dated 1874-1875, relating to Russian activities in Transcaspia and Central Asia, with copies of supporting correspondence (folios 38-146). Many of the dispatches are in French.

Extent and format
1 volume (173 folios)
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Arrangement

The papers are bound in chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the first folio after the front cover and terminates at 157 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are enclosed in a circle, and appear in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. Foliation anomalies: ff. 21, 21A; ff. 74, 74A; ff. 114, 114A; ff. 115, 115A; ff. 116, 116A; ff. 127, 127A; ff. 130, 130A; ff. 131, 131A; ff. 132, 132A; ff. 136, 136A; ff. 137, 137A; ff. 139, 139A; ff. 140, 140A; ff. 141, 141A; ff. 146, 146A; ff. 151, 151A; ff, 152, 152A.

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English and French in Latin script
Type
Archival file

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Original held at
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
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/R/15/1/704

History of this record

Date(s)
c 1860-1910 (CE, Gregorian)
Context of creation

The island of Ashuradeh in the Caspian Sea was occupied by Russian forces in 1837 despite protests from Persia. Following the occupation, the Russian Army maintained a military post on the island for a number of decades.

Provenance

The introductory page to the first section (folio 1) is signed by Lewis Pelly. A note below adds the following information in parenthesis: 'Formerly No 28 on the list of papers taken over from the Vice-Consulate of the Oriental Secretary in 1905'. A note in parenthesis on the first page of the document beginning on folio 22 reads: 'Formerly No 48 on the list of deposited documents (pre 1905) in the Vice-Consulate'. A note in parenthesis on the first page of the document beginning on folio 34 reads: 'Formerly No 7 in the list of treaty papers taken over by Mr Churchill from the Vice-Consulate in 1905.' A note in parenthesis on folio 38 reads: 'Formerly item no 51 in the pre-1905 list of deposited documents in His Majesty's Vice-Consulate.'

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