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Coll 29/5 'Seistan: vice consulate appointments (Zabul)' [‎19r] (38/185)

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The record is made up of 1 file (90 folios). It was created in 13 Mar 1931-22 Jul 1946. 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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Persian cigarettes (I am told, of a very
smokeable quality) are obtainable at about Rials
10 per hundred.
Bread (of the leavened loaf type) can be
made from*wheat flour and leaven (Khamir), both
/ obtainable locally (though instructions for
baking it are not known to Persians). Persian
bread is of a flat unleavened type.
The present Vice-Consul has relied entirely
on tinned butter brought from India; though butter
of an inferior quality can be made from cow^
milk locally.
Tea is obtainable locally (present price
about Rials 50 per lb). It is best brought from
< India. Coffee is obtainable in Meshed but is
best brought from India.
Tinned fruit (Persian manufacture) is
obtainable in Meshed, but has been sometimes
found to be unsafe. For touring purposes I have
found the following essential or virtually so:
tinned meat, vegetables, ‘soup, fruit, milk, butter
and stores, of tea, coffee sugar etc. In other
words the desert produce nothing (except perhaps
salty water). TJater bottles are essential#
Cooking fat is obtainable locally, petrol,
oil, chassis grease and kerosine are on sale at
the local depot of the Anglo Persian Oil Company.
Methylated spirits and distilled water are sold
in the bazaar.
(b) CLOTHINa . ~ -
See above#
(c) HOUSING ACCOMMODATION .
The Birjand Kelata is a well furnished country
house, cool in summer though apt to be cold in
"water if the weather is severe. It comprises 4
‘ ie bedroomB, each with bathfooms (in the style known
to residents in India), a drawing and a dining
room,an office, and other rooms such as kitchens,
pantry, etc. The present arrangements is that the
Vice Consul pays about Rs.7/- p.m. for furniture
supplied in the bungalow at Zabul; this charge will
- no doubt be transferred to Bir^and If Birjand becomes
a Vice Consulate.
(d) FURNITURE.
See above. The resident of the Birjand Kelata
need bring absolutely no furniture with him. It is
adequately and very comfortably furnished. Crockery,
cutlery, glass, lamps, bathroom, furniture etc. are
all supplied.
(e)/

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The file concerns appointments at the Consulates in Seistan and Zabul.

The file covers:

  • appointment of G Fawsitt Taylor as Medical Officer and Vice Consul to Seistan, in 1931
  • appointment of T F Shepherd as member of the staff
  • appointment of J J Beausang as Medical Officer and Vice Consul to Seistan, in 1932 (acting)
  • creation of the post of Vice Consul at Zabul [Afghanistan]
  • appointment of L A C Fry as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1937
  • appointment of W V D Willoughby as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1937
  • appointment of L H V French as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1942
  • appointment of R A Clinton Thomas as Vice Consul at Zabul, in 1942
  • creation of the post of Assistant to the Vice Consul at Zabul
  • Personal aspects of Life as Vice-Consul, Zabul , report by L H V French, 1942 (ff 18-21).

The file is composed solely of internal correspondence between the Foreign Office, 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. , the Government of India, the Passport Office, the Consulate in Seistan, the British Minister at Tehran, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and the Office of the High Commissioner for India.

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1 file (90 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 92; 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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