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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎24r] (52/804)

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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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Enclosure No. 3.
Telegram U., No. 182, dated the 5th (received 6th) September 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
T °- Ll TerlTwu S £ re P - TE,iV0K, CJ ' 3t ’ DepUty P ° HtiCal EeSident “ tIie
My telegram 176.
Minister s telegram 89, dated 3rd September, addressed to me only •—
Eegws. J '
Your telegram 147. I have had reports of one or two speeches by Farman
Earma m which he gave us credit for our share but this has very nrobablv
been suppressed m Kerman versions. I do not think that he can be
blamed lor professing democrat sympathies considering present state of things.
Enclosure No. 4.
Telegram R., No. 181, dated the 5th (received 6th) September 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Shiraz.
Your telegram 259.
I am much obliged for promise you have secured from Farman Farma
that he will prevent occurrence of similar incidents in the future as far as
Kerman is concerned.
I am fully aware of hostility to him of the Governor-General, Kerman,
It is quite open and I have never allowed it to affect me. Opinion expressed
by me on speech was, for what it is worth, entirely my own.
Addressed Shiraz ; repeated Tehran and Bushire.
53
No. 421-S., dated Bushire, the 8th (received 20th) September 1917.
Endorsed by Second Assistant to 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. .
Forwarded to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, for information, in continuation of this office endorsements
Nos. 389-S. and 413-S., dated the 29th July and 27th August 1917, respectively.
Telegram from His Majesty's Consul, Kerman, to His Majesty's Minister, Tehran
(repeated Bushire, 183), No. 149, dated the 7th September 1917.
Telegram R., No. 149, dated the 7th (received 8th) September 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
Your telegram 91 (not received).
I agree that Kazim’s presence in Tehran is not likely to affect situation
there though it seems equally unlikely to benefit his mother here. Our con
sent under pressure from (group omitted) to release every one who has done
or tried to do us injury is ascribed here to conscious weakness on our part and
reduces respect for us and is therefore to be deprecated. Moin-i-Sharia who
was allowed to return to Kerman in November is continuously making use of
his liberty to intrigue behind the scenes. Activity of Saiyid Mustafa and
fact of Ali Khan being at large in Tehran (see my telegram No. 128, dated
July 24th) and impending arrival there of the released prisoners from Shiraz
are ascribed to weakness and not to clemency on our part and are likely
to increase our difficulties. Saiyid Mustafa is understood to have been joint
author of a violent anti-British article in newspaper “Irshad” of August
13th.

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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.

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 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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