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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎15v] (35/370)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (181 folios). It was created in 26 Oct 1915-06 Jan 1916. 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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Oh you ' Darya Begi, Sardar, who have gone to Bushire, fifty days have now
passed s nee you have stopped us from our work of resistance and you have done
no work which may produce a result. Perhaps you are under compulsion like
the Ministers at Tehran, and cannot make things plain to the British. M e are
not under compulsion, and say with a loud voice that if Bushire is a tributary
of Persia and Persian soil, the flags of Germany, Turkey, Russia. Lngland
and Prance should be hoisted side by side, and our guests who were arres-
ted in a neutral land should be restored. B.ather compensation ]s due,
which should be paid. If Bushire is theirs, and business is done, according
to their orders and instructions, these are all mocking words and the English
wil] laufrh at you in secret. However, we are not under compulsion, and say
that either Sardar should be their tufangchi, or else resign this ridiculous
appointment; otherwise we should hoist the flag of the several nations, and the
English pay for their treachery. No one should think that we are sitting
quiet and say, c ‘ What is the matter.” Inshallah, we have no need of Isfahanis,
Tehranis, Qashqais, Dashti, Tangistan and Chahkutah "vve ha've in all eight
thousand tufangchis; Eorasjun also has got three thousand men. In the
past fights from first to last, we did not go into battle with more than three
hundred men. It was by reason of the scarcity of ammunition. But now
thanks he to God, ammunition and supplies have been collected. All the
tufangchis have been gathered. We will join battle with 100,000 English
troops.
204 :
No. Cf.-387, dated Buskire, the 15th (received 22nd) November 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., 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. , 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. ,
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department.
With reference to my telegram No. 702-C., dated 13th November 1915, I
^ ™ OQC ,. .,,,, XT , 1Q1 , have the honour to forward herewith a
copy oi a despatch, which 1 have addressed
to His Majesty’s Minister, Tehran, enclosing copies of certain letters addressed
to the Darya Begi by Ghazanfar-us-Sultaneh, Khan of Borasjun, Shaikh Ja’far
and others, suggesting that His Excellency should leave Bushire forthwith.
PRECIS.
Bushire Situation. Forwards copies of letters from Shaikh Jafar to the Darya Begi warning
him to leave Bushire.
Enelo. to Serial No. 204.
No. Cf.-386, dated Bushire, the 15th November 1915 (Confidential).
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Acting Consul-General,
To—C. M. Marling, Esq., C.B., C.M.G., His Britannic Majesty’s Envoy Extra
ordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Tehran.
1. Shaikh J’afar, dated the 6th November 1915.
2. Ditto ditto.
3. Mirza Muhammad, Khan of Borasjun, dated
the 10th November 1915.
4. Mulla Hassan aU, dated the 12th November.
5- Shaikh Ja'far, dated the 10th November.
In continuation and amplification of my telegrams No 699-C., dated 10th
instant, and No. 702-0., dated 13th ins
tant, I have the honour to forward, for
your information copies of letters from
Shaikh Ja’far to His Excellency the Darya
Begi, together with other correspondence
as noted in the margin.
In the first letter Shaikh Ja’far informs Darya Begi that certain things
must be done otherwise the hostile Khans will attack Bushire, and promises to
give His Excellency timely warning to enable him to quit.
In his letter dated 10 th November, Shaikh Ja’far urgently recommends the
Darya Begi to leave Bushire on the ground that the Persian Government has
given orders that the British community should be arrested at all places in
Persia, and Bushire will consequently be no place for His Excellency. Pro-

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Content

The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the British and Russian attempt to influence the Shah and the Majlis deputies during the events that happened in November 1915.

The volume covers:

  • German funding to Swedish Gendarmerie.
  • Terms of proposed alliance between Persia and Germany.
  • German occupation of Yazd.
  • Occupation of Hamadan [Hamadān, Iran].
  • Situation at Suj-Bulak and Maragha, newspaper article from Kavkazskoe Slovo.
  • German activity.
  • Proposed despatch of Bakhtiari Khans to Ispahan and Kerman.
  • Protection of British consuls.
  • Suggested cabinet of Farman Farma (Prince Abdol-Hossein Farman Farma).
  • Proposed Council of Regency.
  • Russian victories in the North.
  • Persian Government's protests against advance of Russian troops in Tehran.
  • Relations of Darya Begi with the Khans of the hinterland.
  • Attitude of Turkish Minister.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Esme Howard, British Ambassador in Sweden; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; British Consuls at Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Kerman (C T Ducat), Khorasan (Thomas Wolseley Haig), Batoum (P Stevens), Shiraz (William Frederick Travers O'Connor); John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, Force 'D'; Foreign Office; 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

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1 volume (181 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 183; 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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