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Coll 29/5 'Seistan: vice consulate appointments (Zabul)' [‎19v] (39/185)

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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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wood last winter cost about Rials 90 for
a Khar war oi ui35 lbs. I round 25 Kharwars lasted
o-4 months (during the winter).
The Kelata is supplied with an adeuuate
supply of Kerosine lamps* including one bright
Hasag-lamp (same style as a Petromax).
For water, see above. Kirjawa and Birjand
probably have the best waters in last Persia.
My experience with servants is that I brought
two (a cook and a driver-bearer) from ^ndia. who
?hfir] ed H U +K5 ai iUf e8# 0116 vene real disease
in Meshed and the other was so stupied I had to
send him away. I have replaced then with two
cateruliy selected Persian servants* who have
served me much more intelligently. Generally
a Persian when engaged as a servant has no
training at all. But with patient supervision
I have found results quite satisfactory, if
Inuian servants are brought, they require
something in the nature of Rs.40-50 p.m. A
cook is essential, and a driver very nearly so.
Belonging to the Kelata is a staff of (at
present) 5 j a gardener-cum-chov/rJ.dar , an
assistant gardener-cum-sv/eeper, an office
farash, a sowar and statue sweeper. A
government horse is kept lh the Kelata stable.
The vice Consul is virtually dependent on
wis own car. Persian lorries go up and down
the main road, but are micomfortable and unreliable.
At present (war time) East'<ersfan Auxiliary
Transport service lorries also proceed in both
directions. A private car is not obtainable on
hire in r>irjand. if it was* the cost* with the
present laOk of tyres and general profiteering,
would be‘prohibitive. 8
, 18 280 Jailes from Birjand, Eabul
about the same, and Meshed 516.
Petrol at present costs Rials 57 per tin
of 4 gallons.
Touring in the desert can be done by camel
or horse; but the long distances involved make
touring by car almost unavoidable. Driving a
car oyer the desert, where not more than an
occasional track of the roughest description
t S 1 e^lf 18 hard ° n a Car Qnd 80metim ^ perilous

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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)

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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