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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎19v] (43/804)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (398 folios). It was created in 1916-1917. 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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*6'■ difficult that he would be forced to resign in a few months time and
they were able to extort from him a written undertaking that he would en e
into no negotiations with us without first consulting them. This P°hey has
been steadily pursued and has more than once nearly led to open rupture.
Present posftion is that Zafar and Ashja owing to undertaking already re . terr ^
to our lack of support and impoverishment of Bakhtiari Revenues owing t
drought and locusT^re not in position to take independent effectiye action in
our interests.
Mpasure of sunnort that they ask for is following
(1) Letter of encouragement from you.
(2) Letter from you to Sardar Mohtasham and Murtaza Quli
threatening them with retaliatory action against their estates m Arabistan
if they persist in their intrigues against Zafar.
(3) Pressure to be brought to bear on Khans in Tehran to send ruling
Khans a letter of encouragement.
(4) Assistance against Kuhgelus on lines suggested in my succeeding
telegram. Ruling Khans state that with this assistance their position should
be sufficiently secure to allow of our raising Bakhtiari Levies next year.
If, however, we are anxious to commence raising Levies this winter, they
say that they are ready to assist us if we will send a small force to Malazuir.
(4)
Telegram, dated (and received) the 9th September 1917.
From— Captain Noel, Ispahan,
To—The Hon’ble 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. , Basrah.
The reference made in last paragraph of my telegram 411, September
Sth, is only to throw light on the attitude of Sardar Zafar.
(5)
Telegram R., No. 412, dated the 10th (received Uth) September 1917.
From— Captain Nobl, Ispahan,
To—His Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
My telegram No. 411. Kuhgelu.
1. Bakhtiaris are at present unable to tackle Kuhgelu by themselves
owing to internal dissensions and temporary impoverishment of their finances.
2. On the other hand process of gradual absorption is continuing and
Bahmai originally a purely Kuhgelu tribe is now to all intents and purposes
Bakhtiari.
3. Above process -will in time result in absorption of whole of Kuhgelu
and this result may at any time be greatly expedited by amelioration of
factors mentioned in paragraph I.
4. It would seem advisable that we should take advantage of present
situation by offering Khans necessary assistance which will ensure preserva
tion of Kuhgelu as separate tribal unit and establishment of our influence
amongst them.
5. Assistance required is loan of two guns and payment of 50 to 7$
thousand tomans as contribution towards expenses of expedition. Disburse
ment of this sum to be entirely in our hands.
6. Khans in return agree to (a) appointment of single Governor ia
consultation with us.
(5) Raising of Kuhgelu levies under British officer.
(c) Establishment of revenue and other departments at Behbeban.
(d) Acting generally in consultation with Political Officer appointed by
us.
Addressed Tehran ; repeated Basrah and Ispahan,

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Content

The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, and memoranda, comprising miscellaneous correspondence on British involvement in Persia in the period 1916-17.

Topics discussed include:

  • the activities of the German Vice-Consul, Bushire, Wilhelm Wassmuss, including reports of an attack on him (folio 312)
  • an account of the escape of German and Austrian prisoners (folio 281)
  • translations of letters from German prisoners transferred from Shiraz to Russia (ff 43-48) including a translation of Dr Zugmeyer's diary
  • discussion of German and Russian activities in Persia
  • tables, statistics and reports on troop numbers and weaponry, deployments, military engagements and casualties
  • British relations with local chiefs and their dealings with the Germans and Russians
  • transcripts of local newspaper articles on various topics including the Russian Revolution (folio 136v)
  • discussion of money required to pay to tribes
  • miscellaneous Army Department memoranda
  • general reports on the political and military situation in Persia including the 'Bakhtiari country' (ff 320-321)

The file is mainly divided into sections on events by weekly date period. Correspondents include: the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department; HBM Minister, Tehran (Sir Charles Marling); HBM Consul, Bundar Abbas [Bandar Abbas]; HBM Consul, Shiraz; HM Consul-General, Meshed; HM Consul for Kerman and Persian Baluchistan, (David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer); HBM Vice-Consul, Ahwaz (Captain Edward Noel); HM Consul-General, Isfahan; General Officer Commanding, Sistan Field Force; The General Staff, South Persia Rifles, Shiraz; the Inspector-General, South Persia Rifles (Brigadier-General Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes); Chief of the General Staff, Simla; Chief of the Imperial General Staff, London; 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. , Bushire; and the 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. , Bushire.

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (398 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file. The subject 3360 (Persian Correspondence) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/612-614. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising 1 volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 400; 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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