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Coll 29/36 'Kerman: consulate buildings' [‎69r] (139/216)

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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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reduction of 10% i.e*, Tomans 26,000 in round figures. If I had
chosen to regard him as a hard pressed debtor who must dispose
of his property %t once in order to avoid bankruptcy it is
possible that X might have induced him to accept a largeer
reduction. This attitude however did not appear to lie to be a
proper one to adopt towards an old friend of the British
Government who has undoubtedly suffered much both financially
and in prestige on account of that friendship. Moreover, it
seemed to me politically advantageous to keep Sardar Nusrat
still under some obligation to the British Government as he is
one of the very few influential men here who has been con
sistently friendly to our interests. Assuming therefore that it
is not Government’s intention to take advantage of the financial
straits to which Sardar Uusrat has been reduced in order to
drive a hard, rockbottom, bargain I think Tomans 26,000 is a
figure fair to both sides and I recommend that Government may be
pleased to purchase the property at that price. At the present
rate of Exchange the equivalent in Rupees is Rs.69,333-5-4 or
Rupees 9,333-5-4 more than the Rupees 60,000 sanctioned by
Government. I regret that I have not been able to keep within the
figures given by ray predecessor but they were necessarily merely
estimates, liable to modification in the light of a detailed and
more accurate assessment. I may add that Sardar Uusrat has
agreed to continue the supply of water for the garden free till
the end of the present crop season and to maintain in perpetuity,
an avenue of trees leading up to the Consulate entrance. These
concessions, if estimated in hard cash, are worth Tomans 400.
6. The outstanding amount of the loan due from Sardar Nusrat
is Tomans 14,000 so that if the sale price of 26,000 Tomans is
approved Government will have to pay Tomans 12,000 or Rs.32,000/-
After deducting rent due for the current year the total amount
of interest outstanding on 30th July 1927 will be Tomans 800,
(i.e., difference between interest and rent for two years from
31st July 1925 at 400 Tomans). I would however strongly recommend
that Government be pleased to waive the recovery of this amount.
It has frequently been stated ever since this Consulate was

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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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