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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎44r] (87/411)

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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was not WoncKnaus 1 agent in Huharraq, but meroly their
chlQl' custoraer there.
The only documents bearing on political netters
which have been discovered are three letters from the Turk-
-Ish Commandant at Doha diving news and asking for loans,
which were not given.
3, When Yusuf FaKhru was fined Rs: 4,500 by
Ca tain UacXenzle for dealing in arms he was described as a
friend of ShalXh Isa's and a merchant of influence dealing
in two lakhs. I think his influence with Shaikh Isa has
declined since I showed the Shaikh translations of Herr
Harling's reports, but he has a large number of friends here.
In view of the fact th t he has cleared himself of the charge
of sheltering sTangslrl boats unde^a fictitious ownership,
that his connection with the Germans comparatively
ancient history, and that his pwoer to do damage in this
direction has now ceased, I do not think that it is advlsabB
to imprison him in Basra. In iay opinion it will be suff-
-icient to take security of Rs: 35,COO from him that he will
not allow himself to be involved in any political business
with Germans, Tangsirls or other enemies of ours.
The fright and warning should be sufficient, and Shaikh Isa,
who has behaved very wel} in the matter, would appreciate
our refraining from imprisoning an influential subject of
his.
The fact of his arrest and of his being sent to Basra will
be known in Tanglstan in a very short time and will have a
good effect.
4. I hope that you will telegraph and Inform
the Resident that Yusuf Fakhru is travelling by the slow
mail under escort, asking that, when taken over by the
!.illtar authorities, he may be treated , not as a prisoner
of war but as a respectable merchant under detention, and
that he should be allowed to return on signing a bond for

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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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1 file (203 folios)
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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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English, French, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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