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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎147r] (298/370)

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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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Telegram P., No. 42.8-F., dated the 31st October (received 1st November) 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Forei gn and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
A statement has been read to me by the Russian Minister, on instructions
from Petrograd, to the effect that whereas Russia agreed by the 1907 Conven
tion to respect Persian independence she will, in future, if Persia now enters
into an agreement, will (with ?) our enemies, seek the destruction of Persia.
Minister for Foreign Affairs repeated denial of any convention and said
that Persian Government would send us a reply re Moratorium to-morrow
with which “ we shall be more than satisfied.” The Russian Minister thinks
that if the reply is satisfactory, as is promised, instructions had better be given
to the bank by us to open an account as public opinion will be conciliated by
the payment of arrears of salary to officials which, if long expected money were
withheld, could be easily aroused against us here (as?).in the early days ot
Moharem.
Moreover the acceptance of scheme by the Persian Government is tanta
mount to a declaration (of) a policy which is favourable to us. I, therefore,
propose to issue instructions to the bank to make advances of money.
As it seems possible Hamadan may be again (will ?) (he ?) thinks in these
circumstances that it would not be advisable to at present summon troops from
Kasvin but to await until a really imposing force is available.
Many reports have been received by me of intentions of attacking ^ e
Legation,^hut these intentions are disbelieved by Persian opinion which is i
touch (with ?) the Germans. .
Sent to India, Sir P. Cox and Petrograd and addressed to Foreign Office,
London.
161
Telegram P., No. -2676-B., dated (and received) the 1st Novemberd915.
p rom The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sib P. Z. 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 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,,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Pohtical
Department, Delhi.
(Repeated to Tehran.)
•aaiSX art rt rt~
to seJhim for the pwpofe of making arrangements for an mtemew.
162
Telegram P., No. M7, dated (and received) the 1st November 1915.
From-His Britannic Majesty's Consul Kerman Political
To-The Secretary to the Government of Indra m the rore.gn
Department, Simla.
There is nothing to report to-day.
163
Telegram P. No. 1M, dated (and received) the 1st November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister Tehran Political
To-The Secretary to the Government of Ind.a m the hore.g
U p pick

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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)
Arrangement

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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