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Coll 29/36 'Kerman: consulate buildings' [‎68r] (137/216)

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The record is made up of 1 file (107 folios). It was created in 9 Mar 1923-27 Mar 1940. 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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the Government of India in the foreign and Political Department
Uo.D*768-iM, dated 28th March 1927, a copy of which was forwarded
with your endorsement Iio*60/887 dated 23rd April 1927, I have
the honour to report the result of my negotiations with Sardar
llusrat for the purchase of this Consulate,
2, In accordance with the local custom two expert and trust
worthy masons were appointed to value the property. Their
valuation was as followsr-
Buildings • 18,280
Land and Trees , • » • • 10,6 73
Total., 28,953
This is nearly 4,000 Tomans more than the owner’s estimate
quoted hy my predecessor. That estimate however was not made by
Sardar ITusrat hiraself/by his son during the Sardar’s absence in
3, As regards Jodi: the valuation of the land and trees (over
one third of the total value), there can be no question, as the
rate on which this has been calculated is the same as that
accepted in the case of a rather inferior piece of property
that changed hands last month.
4, As regards the buildings, I have checked the valuation
carefully and it seems to me to have been reasonably made. In
1915 the total capital cost of the building alone, exclusive of
the value of the land; was stated by the Consul here at that
time to be Tomans 32,200 ( vide sum of Rs.90,200 shewn in the
statement attached to j'oreign and Political Department letter
Eo,705-i!lst , dated 8th April 1918). I have not been able to
check the details of that calculation as some of the files
appear to have been lost when the Consulate was evacuated
shortly after the information was supplied; but as this figure
was worked out within 10 / years of the commencement of construc
tion it must be presumed to be accurate.
5, On the basis of the masons* valuation I discussed the
matter with Sardar iiusrat and he eventually agreed to accept a

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The file concerns the British Consulate buildings at Kerman.

The file covers:

  • payment of lease of the buildings to Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari (initially referred to as Sardar Nasrat)
  • repayment of loan granted to Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari
  • negotiations for the purchase of the buildings and surrounding gardens
  • maintenance and repairs
  • water supply for irrigating the Consulate gardens
  • Statements comparing the Expenditure incurred by the Government of India on Diplomatic and Consular Services in Iran in the year 1928-29 with that in the previous year (folios 15-27).

The file is composed of correspondence between the Viceroy, 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 Kerman, the British Legation at Tehran, and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , and Agha Mirza Hussein Khan Isfandiari.

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1 file (107 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 108; 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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