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Coll 29/5 'Seistan: vice consulate appointments (Zabul)' [‎21r] (42/185)

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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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PK S0ITA ^ lK? ^..o T (LOC/J - AlITmuiTX.S .
»'Ab~i-Turusll ,, , a place with warm Bpringe, is frequented
fcy Persians for picnics- Distance, about 65 miles.
"Chinisht" (about 30 miles) contains caves'with
(1) Inspection of Persian Amnieh (gendarmerie) posts
in the interests of security on the Zahidan-Meshed road,
over an area measuring 300 miles North-South of Afghan
1rentier by an hvCrage of about 90 miles East—West between
the frontier and the main road passing through Birjand.
(2) Checking smuggling activities, etc., of East
Persian Auxiliary Transport drivers up and down the Zahidan-
Meshed road (Birjand Section).
(3) Supervision of the following buildings: the Keluta
the Consular Office (in Birjand town), the Consular Rest
House at Shusp (100 miles South of Birjand).
(4) cypher work.
(5) A fortnightly diary, to be submitted to Meshed.
(6) Periodical reports (political appreciation, economic,
etc., etc.)
(7) Entertaining travellers.
(8) Representation of His Britannic Majesty’s
Government, protection of British interest, etc.
Besides the Kelata Staff (described above) there is
an Indian Clerk-in-charge, who lives in the Consular Office
in the town, and has a staff of one farash and one sweeper.
The five at the Kelata and the two at the office are all
16. languages ACTUALLY MOST
Classical Persian will help but little in the
acquisition of modern Persian, which has revolutionised
its vocabulary.
The only suitable dictionary for modern Persian is that
of sulemon Heim (obtainable in Tehran: Porsian-gnglish-
Persian; cost about Rials 300 for both).
17 * QI '' GaGTivIGl 1 v ... ITM BU<>Ai7j;T
The Consular District, after the reorganisation pending
will consist of the Kainat. This has never been defined by
His Britannic Majesty’s Government, but consists roughly of
an area from Gunabad (150 miles North of Birjand) to "shusp
( 100 /

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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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