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File 1880/1904 Pt 2 'Perso-Afghan Frontier: - The Undemarcated portion. Afghan encroachments.' [‎88v] (181/240)

The record is made up of 1 volume (113 folios). It was created in 1905-1912. 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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Telegram No. 2226-F., dated the 16th July 1906.
From—The Foreign Secretary, Simla,
To—The British Consul, Seistan, via Robat.
Extract from Meshed Diary No. 24, for the week ending 16th June 1906.
Monday, 11th June .—Two days ago the Asaf-ud-Dowlah sent me a tele
gram which he had received from the Shaukat-ul-Mulk at Birjand. It referred
to a frontier incident which had occurred between some of his subjects who
were digging a karez or underground canal in the Atishkhana district, near the
frontier^ and some 20 Afghans under an Afghan officer, who had forbidden
them to go on with the work, pending a reference to their respective Governors,
on the ground that the karez was in Afghan territory. The Shaukat-ul-Mulk,
in his telegram, mentioned that he had heard that Captain Keyes, when passing
through, had carefully inspected this karez, but he did not know why. The
Asaf-ud-Dowlah asked my advice as to what he should do. To-day he has
returned from a week-end trip to the hills, and I have told him that I believe
it is true that Captain Keyes saw some men at work on a karez in the district
mentioned, and that the men themselves told him that they Tvould like to know
whether they were working in Afghan or Persian soil, and that pending a
settlement of the question they were not inclined to pay taxes. I added that
the telegram had not exactly stated the situation of the karez, but that it was
evidently disputed territory, and that therefore it was impossible for me to
advise him. He appeared dissatisfied with the reply.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department,
To—E. M. Grant Duff, Esq,, His Britannic Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires, Tehran,
In continuation of my letter No. 470-E., dated the 8th February 1906,1
ence specified in the attached list, ^relating to the Perso-Afghan boundary in
the neighbourhood of Hashtadan,
2. Two copies of the map illustrating the reportf by Captain Keyes on
3 . Complete copies of the correspondence are also being furnished to His
Majesty’s Consul-General at Meshed, and to His Majesty’s Consuls in Seistan
and at Turbat-i-Haidari.
No. 27'25-F., dated Simla, the 24th August 1906.
* The list is common to all /our drafts.
am directed to forward, for your infor
mation, printed copies of the correspond-

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The volume contains information on the undemarcated portion of the frontier between Afghanistan and Persia (north of Siah Koh) during the period 1905-1912. The papers consist of copies of Government of India printed memoranda (with accompanying minute sheets of the Secret Department), dispatches, telegrams, minutes, and maps.

The papers include: information relating to the frontier (reports, correspondence and map) compiled by Captain Terence Humphrey Keyes, His Britannic Majesty's Consul at Turbat-i-Haidari, 1905-06; reports by Major Roger Lloyd Kennion, His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Seistan [Sīstān] and Kain [Kūh-e Kā’īn], 1907-09, including genealogical tree entitled 'Haji Mir Muhtasham Gilani, Meshedi, Misri, Ulvi, and Husaini' (folio 60); papers concerning Afghan encroachments between Hashtadan and the Namaskar Lake, 1908-10, including report (folios 48-50) by Major William Frederick Travers O'Connor, His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Seistan and Kain; further papers on alleged Afghan encroachments, 1910-12, including correspondence between the Viceroy (Lord Hardinge) and the Foreign Secretary (Sir Edward Grey); and discussion of the occupation of Meshed by Russian troops, 1912.

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, year the subject file was opened, subject heading, and list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (113 folios)

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

The subject 1880 (Perso-Afghan Frontier) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/52-53. The volumes are divided into two parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 115; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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File 1880/1904 Pt 2 'Perso-Afghan Frontier: - The Undemarcated portion. Afghan encroachments.' [‎88v] (181/240), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/53, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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