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Coll 29/25 'Tabriz: office allowance' [‎44r] (87/200)

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The record is made up of 1 file (98 folios). It was created in 5 Mar 1919-26 Jun 1934. It was written in English and French. 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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September 23rd, 1931.
Salaries of Staff.
I have the honour, as directed By H. 11.Charge
d’Affaires at Teheran, to transmit under flying seal an
up-to-date statement of the prices of the chief articles
consumed by the Staff of this Consulate during the month
of September 1929, 1930 and 1931.
2. September is probably the cheapest month all round
her*e; the grain harvests are in, and fruit is abundant, while
certain articles such as charcoal and firewood have not
begun to really soar towards their winter high-water marks.
3. Bread is about the only edible which has been more
or less forcibly maintained at a reasonable level. Every
other article of food shows considerable rises, while articles
of clothing show enormous rises.
4. It is known by me that the two Clerks use European
cloth and shoes; while I assume the Ghulams to use Russian
Calicoes and prints and local shoes for their famililies.
All the Ghulams, gate-keepers etc. are married, and many have
5. The Ghulams also cannot on their small salaries buy
a stock of any commodity, but buy all in small driblets at
consequently high retail prices.
6. I am
I '■
His Majesty’s Principal
Secretary of State
For Foreign Affairs
etc., etc., etc.
Foreign Office
No. 34

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The file concerns the British Consulate at Tabriz.

The file covers:

  • office expenditure
  • grant of an allowance to the Acting Consul
  • employment of a clerk-typist
  • cost of living in Tabriz
  • proposal to grant a bonus on salaries of staff
  • office allowance grants.

The file is composed of 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 British Consulate at Tabriz, the British Legation at Tehran, and the Treasury.

There are some letters in French within the file, copies of letters from the French Consulate at Tabriz, the Turkish Consulate at Tabriz, the Polish Consulate at Tabriz, and the German Consulate at Tabriz.

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1 file (98 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 100; 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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English and French in Latin script
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Coll 29/25 'Tabriz: office allowance' [‎44r] (87/200), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3582, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 November 2019]

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