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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎40v] (80/411)

The record is made up of 1 file (203 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1915-30 Jul 1918. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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As regards Shiraz, I am of opinion that, conld present Governor-General
be recalled and Kawara appointed, it would be possible for him to keep Ears
quiet whilst we dealt with hostile Khans as seemed best to us and I think in
this case few if any Kashgai would join in confederacy. I venture, therefore,
to submit opinion that for the present our policy should be confined to
encouraging friendship of Khans with all possible moral and material help
and by arranging with Sheikh of Mohammerah to despatch force to be ready
to support Ismail Khan when required. And that as soon as situation in Fars
has assumed more satisfactory complexion we should ourselves organize such
punitive measures as seem necessary. Addressed Tehran j repeated to Bushire.
Ends.

95
Telegram P., No. 109, dated the 29th (received 30th) August 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Kegarding the occupation of Bushire. Yesterday after three hours'
conversation Prime Minister said that our conditions would be agreed to in
principle by him, though he took exception to amount of indemnity and
suggested a procedure as follows ;—Persian authority restored at Bushire and
Governor-General, Ears, to be recalled simultaneously,
Persian Government to pledge itself to put an end to German agitations
and to punish Khans implicated in attack as soon as possible.
Our troops to remain until danger of further attack is passed.
I mentioned that I had no hope that such terms would be accepted by
His Majesty's Government, but that they would, before terminating formal
occupation, certainly insist on removal of Governor-General.
Proposal is otherwise worth considering. In the south Governor-General
Las been chief instrument of German agitation and in Persian eyes, his
removal will be a decided blow to them. Consul, Shiraz, always puts his
removal as most important point. Of course the other (?) promises are
valutless, as Government are absolutely powerless to fulfil them and their hold
is moreover very precarious. However, it may last long enough to get rid of
Governor-General. Our effect, on the other hand, continues and we are
relieved of the nuisance of having to administer Bushire while the irritation
is removed of foreign relations all over Persia at hauling down of Persian flag.
Would His Majesty's Government agree to this proposal modified as
follows:—That at Bushire Persian authority is not restored until Governor-
General has definitely left and Kawam-ul-Mulk appointed as Acting Gov
ernor-General of Ears; with regard to selection of two new Governors of
Shiraz and Bushire Legation to be consulted.

96
Telegram R., No. 506 C., dated the 29th (received 30th) August 1915.
Prom— M ajor A. P. T revor , C.I.E., Offcer on Special Duty 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. ,
Buehire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart'
ment, Simla,
There is a large quantity of cash in Treasury here now and as it forms
incentive for attack by tribesmen it would appear advisable to reduce it,
A- P. 0. C. (Anglo-Persian Oil Company) would be glad to take two lakhs
giving cheque on Bombay, and Imperial Bank of Persia, Basrah, w r ould take
three or four on same terms. May 1 arrange accordingly r
100
Telegram P., No. Ill, dated the 1st (received 2nd) September 1915,
Prom—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart*
ment, Simla. - i _ - > -
I see no objection to Karguzar being deported to India,
This is with reference to your telegram No, 893 S,

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This file contains correspondence between the British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and the British 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. at Bushire, as well as Sheikh ‘Isā bin ‘Alī Āl Khalifah, ruler of Bahrain, and Sheikh Qāsim bin Mahzā’, Qāḍī of Bahrain.

The correspondence concerns the anti-British revolt of the Tangsiri and Qashqai tribes, headed by Ra’īs ‘Alī Dalvārī under the influence of Wilhelm Wassmuss, and the aftermath of their attack on the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire on 12 July 1915. Included within the correspondence are: letters concerning the occupation of the town of Bushire, British counter-raids and the death of Ra’īs ‘Alī Delvārī; the imposition of a blockade on Tangsiri boats operating 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. ; statements and customs papers (Acquit de Sortie and Permis de Cabotage) from various Bahraini and Persian nākhudā s (dhow boat captains) gathered by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. ; the arrest and detention of Yūsuf Fakhrū on suspicion of political dealings with Germany; attacks against British diplomatic missions and residents in Persia, including Shiraz and Isfahan; and information concerning German activities in Persia during the First World War.

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Foliation: Foliation is written in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 2, and runs through to 201, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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