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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎27r] (58/804)

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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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would urge that I should be authorised to open conversations 5 /™* T,*r
Persian Government learn what fbpv ^ w i 1 1 ^ ce > before
enemy attempt at penetration of Persia is imminent ° W Jet ’ tbat a further
be informed .' 11611 that attempt may be eX P eoted to be mad « I should be glad to
Addressed to London Foreign Office.
71
No. 1696, doted Bushire, the 2nd (received 20th) September 1917.
Endorsed by First 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 telegram No fi dal/n. eft!
April 1917, from His Majesty’s Consul, Shiraz. S 6 ’ dated the 7th
August IHirf™” fr ° m ‘ he C0 “ SUl ’ ShiraZ ’ t0 the Minist «. Tehran, No. 235, dated the 18 th
No. I'ti-l'lf^datedthc Z ReSiden ‘' B “ Shire ’ “> Minister, Tehran,
No. I'tSr “ U sfm7. r ’ Tehran ' t& ^ P ° litical Bushire,
Ne. l^-fXdatedThe fdrd^S^t ^ ^ Minister, Tehrau,
24 th AufisU w/ 10 ” 1 the Vice ' ConSul > Shiraz ’ t0 the Minister, Tehran, No. 248 , dated the
No. 146— -Idfs^atedThe^d^Augus^foiT^ ReSident ' B “ Shire ’ Minister, Tehran,
NoJolZtefr^hi^uft mT: TehraD ’ t0 the Deputy Politloal 1Usident -
Enclosure No, 1.
Telegram R., No. 235, dated the 18th August 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Shiraz,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
Poliowing for Colonel Gough :—
Your telegram four(th).
Accountant tells me flour here has all been sold and none has arrived
since you left. According to accounts there ought to be some 10,000 mans at
Lar, but it is probably adulterated and will not realise much. Loss on 750
tons amounts to about Ts. 11,000 to July 20 .
If the present rates for transport on the Bushire-Shiraz road are not reduc
ed, flour will arrive here at about krans 6*75 per man and if given shops at
5*50 it will involve loss of Ts. 40 per ton.
P. P. however is convinced that he will be able to bring it up at krans 5,
loss then would be about Ts. 30 per ton.
Question as to route would presumably be decided when flour arrives.
Addressed Minister; repeated Bushire.
Enclosure No, 2.
Telegram R., No. 143—1422, dated the 20th August 1917.
From—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,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
Shiraz telegram 228, re flour.
Venture to suggest that it would meet the case if the Government of
India gave facilities to the agents of Shiraz and Bushire merchants to purchase
and export certain specific quantity of flour to Bushire, and also as an act of
charity granted cargo space for it on transports coming to Bushire.

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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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