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File 3516/1914 Pt 17 'German War: Persia; general' [‎147v] (299/370)

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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. 430-F., dated the 1st (received 2nd) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—'The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
(Addressed to Foreign Office, London, repeated to Petrograd.)
Clear the line .—Please refer to my telegrams Nos. 397 and 416.
By appointment Minister for Foreign Affairs has just called on me and
Bussian Minister. He made a formal statement of the desire of the Persian
Government to maintain friendly relations and enquired whether the two
Powers would give their Bepresentative here authority to enter into discussion
for an agreement under whom (which ?) Persia would make a formal declara
tion her attitude of neutrality had been exchanged for one of benevolent
neutrality.
No hint whatever of conditions which Persia would require from two
Powers was given by His Excellency, but he mentioned that they involve
stipulation(s) calculated to conciliate public opinion. We gave him to
understand that we considered ourselves in a position to enter into such
discussion.
Proposal has already been telegraphed by Minister for Foreign Affairs to
Persian representatives, London and Petrograd, from whom something more
explicit may be obtainable.
A hint has been received by Bussian Minister that one of requirements
would abrogate Convention of 1907 to which presumably there would be nr
objection.
165
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Telegram P., No. 4ol-F., dated the 1st (received 2nd) November 1915.
From His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi. *
Please refer to my immediately preceding telegram of to-day.
A. reply has been received from the Persian Government to the note re
garding the moratorium and they gratefully accept it but the v make no men
tion ot our intimation that we expect action to be taken against the German
agitators. °
renlv T n e Jw ° { -^ M ™ ister for F °reign Affairs to us is clearly intended as a
tn P r,I 0n ., t ^ t P om f Propose as the Persian attitude seems to be friendly
to permit the Persian Government to draw money for which they have already
'Been m communication with tne Manager, Imperial Bank of Persia. The id
them e be S su 0 nnliff W?’ f 0cfc f ? ber au ? can, the Manager informs
PlTction flfd tn but f ° rty pounds of the acc °tint are also required
be nolitin a S r ? emeil 1 t , ( ? ) ^would the Russian Minister and I think
made with thp T* 510 ,f nt ! hope that necessary arrangements will at once be
made with the Imperial Bank of Persia in London.
Sent Petrograd and addressed to Foreign Office.
From-
Telegnm P., dated the 1st (received 2nd) November 1915.
LTEUTENANr-CGroNEL Sir Percy Cox, K C.S.I., KCIE
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 Political Depart-
Please refer to my telegram 1085, dated the 11th May.
May the Sheikh of Mohammerah on the lines proposed now be reauested
tiff SnlrTendf 11 ^ Wali ° f “-F-xL ? Up to the ^re"
amm friendly correspondence with Wali. He has just been inter-

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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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