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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎223r] (450/532)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (261 folios). It was created in 8 Aug 1915-30 Nov 1915. 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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115
(3) Attributes the recent outrage on oil concession camp near White oil
springs to Anafijeh Arabs under jurisdiction of Sheikh of Buriat. Neverthe
less has taken steps to recover property.
(i) Repeated assurances already written to me that on receipt of recent
telegram from Sheikh he despatched emissaries to deal with rebel Arabs, who
after looting in Sheikh’s territory, took refuge in or near Ramuz.
(5) Be orders from Persian Government for Bakhtiari sowars for Tehran,
he said despatch of these only possible on payment here of 15,000 tomans per
500 men and similar payment in Ispahan. Few weeks later it would be
impossible owing to custom of migrating.
Sardar asked me about relations between Persian Government and
Legation.
I replied still friendly, but we cannot conceal Persia is in danger of falling
into fatal policy which might oblige us to adopt different tone. Ends,
289
Telegram P., No. 155, dated (and received) the 24th September 1915.
p r0 m His Britannic Majesty's Consul at Kerman, Kerman,
rp 0 The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
There is nothing to report to-day.
290
Telegram P., No. 27 F., dated (and received) the 24th September 1915.
p rom His Rritannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan and Kain,
rp 0 phe Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Two Turkish spies were seen sitting in reception hall of Governor,
Chakansur about September 10th by our Afghan Camel Contractor. He
h^ars that they have since been engaged in map making and examining
frontier of Sistan from Bandi Kohak to Hamoon. About September 17th
they left via Sarhad for Kerman.
292
Telegram P., No. 129 (Confidential), dated the 24th (received 25th) September 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran, _
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Ploase see vour telegram 982 S. to Sistan. I do not agree wrth you in
Please see your S ^ Vice-Consul’s action. So long as there is reason-
your implied disapp 1 carried out without unnecessary violence,
T b ] e S rt U tWnk\httTny resentment wS be caused by such measures If. on
I do not think tna y ... ^ attpmntina' to give suspected Persians
the other hand we are 0 ^ a p\ w in ma ke it easier for Germans to get
the treatment they may expect (tins .; win wa
willing agents locally.
Kepeated to Birjand.
293
Telegram P, No. 988 S., dated the 25th September 1915.
Prom—The Secretary to. the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
To-His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Si "" 26 We regard it as
Please refer to your telegramf o n goodwill 0 f Baluchis and we
most important factor that you s ou ^ d f 0 exert your good offices
authorise you to spend money ^^X.s! with Persian authorities so
on behalf of Sardar ^^ou sLffid of course, avoid, as far as possible,
far as may be necessaiy. ^ ou , v Q11 fhnrities
causing friction in this matter with local authoiitie ^
Repeated to His Britannic Maiesty s Minister, Tehran.

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The volume concerns the situation in south-western Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the British occupation of Bushire.

The volume covers:

  • Attack on British Consulate at Ispahan, which resulted in the wounding of the Consul and the death of one of the Sowars employed as escorts at the Consulate.
  • German activity in Persia; movements of German agents.
  • Turkish officers in Persia.
  • Possible Russian occupation of north-western Persia.
  • Attitude of Persian Government and situation at Tehran and in the rest of Persia.
  • Information suggesting that maps of Persia, Afghanistan and Mesopotamia were made available by the Germans to the Turks.
  • Rumoured arrest of British Consul at Shiraz.
  • Appointment of Darya Begi as Governor of Gulf Ports.
  • Alarm caused by advance of Russian troops.
  • Evacuation of British Consul from Kermanshah.
  • Arrest of British subjects from Shiraz.
  • Demands of Khans in return for the release of Shiraz prisoners.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; British Consuls at Kerman (C T Ducat), Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Isfahan (G Grahame), Khorasan, Yazd, Lingeh [Bandar Lengeh] (W R Howson); Percy Cox, 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 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. ; Arthur Prescott Trevor, Deputy 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 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. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Thomas William Holderness and Arthur Hirtzel, 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. ; War Office; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Walter Langley and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; War Office; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Darya Begi; the American Embassy in London; the Adjutant General in India.

There is a letter in French, from the French Embassy in London; there is a translation of a newspaper article, from Jam-i-Jam.

Extent and format
1 volume (261 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 263; 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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