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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎25r] (49/385)

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The record is made up of 1 file (191 folios). It was created in 12 Jun 1931-1 Mar 1940. 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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ao once and will lollow up this letter with a telegram
when we have been able to take orders here.
^• ine Government of India have of course been
throughout; kept in close touch with all developments in
connection with the Treaty, and the instructions on which
Cli ve and Hoare have in the past conducted their
negotiations with the Persians were based so far as/were
directly concerned on discussion with the Government of
India and 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. . A number of the Articles in t
tne draf ' b treaty in these circumstances call for no comment.
On certain others (such as the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ) we have
felt sufficiently sure of the view of the Government of
India to feel justified in expressing agreement to the
Foreign Office without waiting for your formal
concurrence. But there are one or two points on which
there have been recent developments as a result of which
we should ke grateful if the Government of India would
indicate their view.
3. The general line of the draft despatch to Hoare is,
I think, satisfactory so far as we are concerned. Such
criticisms as we have on it are contained in the draft
to Rendel now enclosed. As I have mentioned above, the
reference to Henjam (paragraph 3) must for the moment be
provisional/

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Correspondence concerning the Persian Government’s desire, signalled in June 1931, to pay off in full a pre-war interest-bearing debt owed to Britain, totalling £490,000. Correspondence is chiefly exchanged between the Foreign Office (Charles William Baxter, George William Rendel), 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. (John Gilbert Laithwaite), the Treasury (Thomas Kenneth Bewley), and the British Legation at Tehran (Charles Dodd), and covers:

  • The wording of a formal response to be given to the Persian Government, that does not comprise or jeopardise the outstanding (post-war) debt of £1,510,000 remaining to be paid.
  • The nature of the servicing of the debt and its interest.
  • In late August 1931, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s decision to abandon service of the debt, and continue payment of interest on the debt at seven per cent.
  • In 1932, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s reversal of their earlier decision to abandon servicing of the debt.
  • In June 1933, confirmation via the Imperial Bank of Persia of the full servicing of the pre-war debt.
  • 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. correspondence dated October 1933, enclosing a provisional draft of instructions for a General Treaty between Britain and Persia, making mention of the outstanding debt owed by Persia to Britain (ff 16-34).

The file contains two letters in French (f 42, f 47), sent by the Treasury General of the Persian Ministry of Finance.

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1 file (191 folios)
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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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 192; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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