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Coll 29/19 'Procedure for appointment and recognition of consular officers in Persia: Persian rule of one consul only per post; passports for military officers posted to Persia' [‎50r] (99/643)

The record is made up of 1 file (320 folios). It was created in 12 Jul 1929-21 Sep 1938. 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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and Political Consuls* It is simply a suggestion, made
in a sensibly informed way by the Protocole Department, with
whose members we are on the best of terms, for a conspiracy
of silence between themselves and us, which should remove a
possible cause of trouble in the future* There is no immediate
need to reply to this suggestion, but I think tnat we shall
have to say something about it eventually, I should therefore
be most grateful for your comments - and for your help if you
feel that you can give it. The conspiracy suggested is a
little childish and still more unreal. Could you from the
administrative point of view drop military titles in Iran,
while tney are actually serving in this country without actually
dropping these titles throughout the service? (The latter
I imagine would be a big question involving many issues*)
4, I might add that if this concession of form is
to be made, there might be worse times than the present for it.
The difficult situation over the new Consul-General at Metjshed
which Knatchbull-Hugessen foresaw was eased by your
appointing a civilian, while the Persians on their side have
made no difficulty over the appointment of military Foreign
and Political consuls (Bazalgette and Fry). Indo-Persian
relations have not been at all bad for the last year (Largely
of course thanks to the patience of the Government of India)
and there hove been no incidents for over a year (l touch wood
hurriedlyl) Finally the Frotocole Department are at present
particularly friendly and in this case have proceeded very
sensibly, granted that they adhere to their dislike of military
titles, as Hugessen felt certain that they would. So that
if you are able to meet them I think it would be all to the good
and the time not unpropitious* Will you let me know what you
think about it?
(signed) H. J. Seymour

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The file concerns the appointment and recognition of British Consular officers in Persia by the Persian Government, who were not willing to recognise by the grant of an exequatur more than one Consular Officer at any one post.

The file contains internal correspondence about and with subjects appointed. The correspondence regards suitability of the candidates, terms of employment, discussions on pay and starting dates.

The file covers:

  • appointment of acting Vice-Consul at Duzdap, in 1929
  • Persian proposal for appointment of British Consular officers in Persia
  • procedure for the appointment of honorary Vice-Consuls in Persia
  • appointment of G A Jacob as Vice-Consul at Yezd [Yazd]
  • appointment of a military officer, Military Attaché Stefeni, with rank of Vice Consul in Meshed, in 1930
  • appointment of Trenchard Craven William Fowle as Consul at Bushire, in 1930
  • officers' recognition by the Persian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Persian initial refusal to grant exequatur to Consuls Daly and Pyper, and request that officers of the Foreign and Political Department of the Government of India should not be employed in Persia
  • appointment of Woods Ballard as Consul at Bushire, in 1935
  • employment of officers of the Foreign and Political Department of the Government of India in Iran
  • designations to be shown on passports of military doctors and military officers, when posted to Iran.

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 Viceroy, the Government of India, 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. .

The file also contains documents in French, correspondence between the British Legation at Tehran and the Persian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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1 file (320 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 321; 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 29/19 'Procedure for appointment and recognition of consular officers in Persia: Persian rule of one consul only per post; passports for military officers posted to Persia' [‎50r] (99/643), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3576, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100043786744.0x000066> [accessed 22 October 2019]

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