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File 1377/1905 Pt 1 'Perso-Baluch Frontier: Frontier Demarcation' [‎137r] (45/188)

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The record is made up of 1 item (93 folios). It was created in Nov 1904-Oct 1921. 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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No. 104 of 1905.
The Right Hon’ble St. JOHN BRODRICK,
JLis Majesty's Secretary of State for India
Simla, the 1st June 1905.
With reference to our Secret despatch No. 109, dated the 30th July
1903, we have the honour to forward, for your information, a copy of the corre
spondence cited in the accompanying list, regarding the Perso-Baluch Boundary
in the vicinity of Mirjawa, and the arrangement effected by Sir Arthur
Hardinge with the Persian Government, under which the right to export a
fixed quantity of grain from Seistan, Duzdap, and Eadis for the Nushki trade
route, and our posts in the vicinity of the border, has been secured.
2 . We consider that the terms in respect of export of supplies are, on
the whole, as satisfactory as could have been obtained, without indefinitely
prolonging the stay in Seistan of Colonel McMahon s escort, the withdiawal
or relief of which had become a matter of urgency. We should have
preferred to obtain recognition of the boundary between Mirjawa and Koh-i-
1904; but we recognise the difficulties which Sir A. Hardinge would have
experienced in pressing this on the Persian Government, and we trust that the
decision to observe the status quo and abandon the idea of further demarcation
will not result in future inconvenience.
Enclosure No. 1.
Malik Siah proposed by Colonel McMahon
in his memorandum of the 5th November
We have the honour to be,
Your most obedient, bumble servants,

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Part 1 contains correspondence relating to the demarcation of the boundary in Baluchistan, between Persia, British India, and Afghanistan. The correspondence is between the Foreign Department of the Government of India, the Viceroy of India, the Foreign Office, and 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. . Included as enclosures are letters, telegrams, and memoranda from the following:

  • Colonel Arthur Henry McMahon, British Commissioner, Seistan [Sīstān] Arbitration Commission;
  • Evelyn Grant Duff, British Chargé d'Affaires, Tehran;
  • Arthur Henry Hardinge, British Minister, Tehran;
  • Agent to the Governor-General and Chief Commissioner in Baluchistan.

Several matters are covered by the papers, including:

  • the definition of the border in the Seistan region and around Mirjawar [Mīrjāveh];
  • the allocation of water resources;
  • the export of grain from Persia to British frontier posts;
  • customs duties on exports into British territory.

Folio 133 is a copy of the agreement concerning the border at Mirjawar and the export of grain, signed by Arthur Hardinge and the Persian Prime Minister (Mushir-ed-Dowleh) on 13 May 1905.

Several maps are included, as follows:

  • map of Mirjawa and neighbourhood (folio 121);
  • sketch map of Mirjawar (folio 122);
  • three maps of the North-Western Trans-Frontier (including Seistan province) in various scales (folios 202, 203, and 204).
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