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Coll 29/36 'Kerman: consulate buildings' [‎86r] (173/216)

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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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Herat-es-Salteneh has himself suggested a remedy
for the situation v/hich is that the Government of India
should purchase the house and garden occupied oy His
Majesty’s Consulate at Kerman. Seeing that the Sardar is
in serious financial straits and has candidly declared
his inability to pay even the interest on trie loan, I am
of the opinion that the proposal of sale which has now
been put forward by the son on his behalf is the best
solution of the problem which otherwise can only result
in loss to Government. For though the Government of India
hold the property as security against the loan and could
foreclose the mortgage in the case of failure to pay, to
do so would result in the loss of Political prestige and
have a most damaging moral effect on our interests.
3. The house and property were estimated to be worth
Tomans 18,000 in 1923 (vide Colonel Trevor’s Express
Letter No. 395, dated the 9th March 1923) but the land
lord thinks they would be valued by local experts at not
less than Tomans 25,000 now. As, however, it is unlikely
that a purchaser can be found to pay this price at the
present time, it is considered likely that, the sale
could be arranged for about Tomans 20,000,(i.e.Bs.60,000
approximately), which the property is certainly worth.
I, therefore, recommend that the Sardar’s offer of sale
be accepted and that an offer for the acquisition of the
property” at this price be made.
4. Allowing for depreciation and simple interest
at 5fS on the depreciating value, the result of the invest
ment will be that at the end of 20 years the Government
of India will own the property free of charges (except
those for annual and special repairs)and that it will have
cost them Rs. 91,500, a sum less than what they would have
had to pay in rents alone during the same period,had such
rent beer calculated at the usual Persian rate of 10 % of
the capital value.

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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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