File 3208/1908 Pt 1 ‘Persian Gulf: Dayir pirates (coast of Persia)’ [36r] (9/330)
The record is made up of 163 folios. It was created in 1904-1908. 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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T 3 H Ii A H,
April 23rd., 19 0 6.
Sxrerience in the East has taught, ne that rrlien a
foreign Legation conveys to the Dover nr ent of the country
its satisfaction at the conduct of any particular official,
sucli action frequently brings the individual w^om it is meant
to rerve under suspicion of being too friendly Pith foreign
ers, and may prove a disservice to him•
Th s reflection occurred to me when I receive 1 your
, , Telegrem Ho. 73 of April 2nd instructing me to convey tie
thanl^f of Hie ^tajecty 1 s Q-ovomj':ent to the Torziexi Government
for the Helpful conduct of the Khan of Jan ter Big in the cap
ture of the ni rater of Bay dr, end I then fore telegraphed
to Hie Haoerty’s Consul General at Jurhire enquiring his
views on the natter. Free Major Cox' reply it cn-ccrs that
the IHian ir not very desirous that a recommendation in ids
favour EliOLUl be made to the Feredan Co verm; ent, but would
prefer to be allowed to hone that he ceu count on our good
offices in case he should need them in the future.
In these circumstances I thizik tl'at the me.tter may be
I have the honour to be,
* 1 With the highest romeet,
Your most obedeint,
•’ hunb 1 e s ervatit,
(signed) Charles M. Marling
Sir Cdwrri urey, Baronet, H*1 •
Etc., etc., etc..
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Part 1 of the volume comprises correspondence concerning criminal actions reported to have taken place in ports and around the coastal waters of 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. , including arms trafficking and murder, designated by British Government officials under the rubric of piracy. Key correspondents include: 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. (Major Percy Zachariah Cox); Foreign Office officials (Sir Louis Du Pan Mallet; Sir Charles Hardinge); the Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty (Sir Charles Inigo Thomas); the Under Secretary of State for India (Sir Arthur Godley); the British Ambassador at Tehran (Charles Murray Marling).
Reference is made to incidents taking place in 1906 and 1907 (ff 182-185), committed by individuals previously expelled from Mohammerah [Khorramshahr], and now residing in the Dashtī ports of Dayir [Bandar-e Deyyer] and Kangan [Bandar-e Kangān] in Persia. Much of the subsequent correspondence details British officials’ negotiations with the Persian Government to send vessels to the Dashtī coast, in order to apprehend the suspected individuals and destroy ‘strongholds’ along the coast. Naval reports sent by Captain C S Hickley of HMS Highflyer (ff 54-66a) and Lieutenant Shirley Litchfield of HMS Sphinx (ff 66b-75) provide details of the expedition in November 1907 to Dayir, which resulted in the successful apprehension of the suspects. Later correspondence refers to the British Government’s expression of appreciation for the assistance provided by the Khan of Bander Rig [Bandar Rīg] in apprehending the suspects, the handover of the suspects to the Shaikh of Mohammerah, and British officials’ desire that, should it be proved that the suspects committed murder, the death penalty be passed on them.
The file also contains correspondence relating to the Shaikh of Kuwait’s activities in dealing with incidents of piracy in the waters around the Shatt al Arab, and the deportation from Muscat to Karachi of a number of Afghans believed to be involved in arms trafficking.
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