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Coll 29/5 'Seistan: vice consulate appointments (Zabul)' [‎20r] (40/185)

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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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Essential equipment for a car in present conditions
in East Persia is : (l)aset of spare tyres and tubes,
(2) spare springs, (3) spare battery, (4) chains, (5)
a spade* At present virtually no spare parte of any
kind are obtainable, except at prohibitive prices*
The Vice-Consul is allowed to bring a car into,
the country free of Persian Customs duty up to 9
months from arrival* A deposit of 1/10 the value of
the car is required by the Zahidan Customs until
the import permit has been obtained from Tehran*
This proceeding has taken in my case 8-| months.
Roughly the same as in India* For the propensity
of Persians for presents, see "Haji Baba of Isphan"
(Morier)*:J t s
• -1- •
A Consular Officer is exempt from Persian
Customs duty for his first 9 months*
. , If goods are ordered in bond from a firm in
Karachi (Messrs, phipson for drinks: Messrs. Katrak
will be able to recommend a firm for stores), Indian
Customs duty is refunded through the Vice-Consulate,
Zahidan. In bond means offering whole cases (e.g*
a dozen bottles) at a tine. The Vice-Consulate,
Z&hidan, should be consulted for the certificates,
etc*, necessary for ordering goods, in bond or otherwi
from India* w
My experience has been that goods ordered 5 months
ago from Karachi have not come through yet, and I am
leaving Persia without having seen them*
These supply a hard wooden bench to sleep on (a camp bed -is
essential to travel in Persia) and usually milk, eggs, rice,
tea, etc. Company is of the most mixed sort.
"Garages” in towns are the ; of "Chahikhanas" on
the road. The presence or absence of bedbugs usually determines
whether one sleeps or not. it is advisable to carry one*s own
basin. .
Prom His Majesty's Government in Birjand. Nil.
The jCcmfculttte Medical Officer in Meshed is
soon to be transferred: his services will therefore
not be available until replacement.
interior quality.
On the road the system is of "chahikhanas" or tea houses.
Birjand boasts a hotel of imposing exterior, but of doubtful

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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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