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File 3516/1914 Pt 18 'German War: Persia; general situation - 1916' [‎22r] (52/368)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (175 folios). It was created in 17 Nov 1915-18 Feb 1916. It was written in English and French. 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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•visiu Kuhsan on the frontier. The pretext was sport, but there is reason to
believe that Paschen would have crossed the frontier into Persia if he could, but
the party returned as the risk of being captured by Cossacks was too great.
I report this in case it should be considered advisable to bring the matter to
the Amir’s notice.
15
Telegram No. 24, dated (and received) the 7th January 1916.
From— Majok 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. 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. ,
Bush ire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Cox 43-A., British Consul at Kerman telegraphed that party consists of
about 50 persons including about 20 Armenians. Besides this there are Bussian
and British Consular escort. Hindu community preferred to remain at
Kerman.
Addressed Poreign Secretary to the Government of India and repeated
to Cox.
16
Telegram No. 35-W., dated the 8th January 1916.
p r om—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—The Hon ; ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir P Cox, K.C.S.L, K.C.I.E., Political
Resident 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.
(Repeated to Major Trevor, Bushire.)
Your telegram dated 6th January, Kerman party. Please arrange accord
ingly. A report by telegram should be sent to us stating number, condition and
composition of party, and whether any of them wish to proceed elsewhere from
Bombay,
18
Telegram P., No. 2-F., dated the 7th via Robat 8th (received 9th) January 1916.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan and Kain,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
(Addressed Tehran.)
The chief holders of grain in istan are Hisam-ud-Daula, his cousin Haidar
Ali Khan and Sardar Purdil Khan. On December 4th, and again on Decem
ber 27th, I appealed to Hisam through Consul-General, Meshed, to sell us grain.
He telegraphed twice to Haidar Ali who has been obdurately declaring that he
had no surplus at all.
I heard on January 4th that Haidar Ali and another agent of Hisam had
been sending quantities of grain into the town by night from their villages
and that they were emptying granaries and distributing contents among houses
in their villages: also that Haidar Ali was on the point of leaving for Meshed.
Purdil Khan has for several months been displaying latent hostility. He
refused to give us any Levy sowars. He dissuaded Khudadad Khan for several
weeks from doing so and he even repudiated contracts made with Indian supplier.
When summoned by Karguzar he refused to come to Sistan. Eventually?) his
son Ali Khan came in and on January 5th visited me. I demanded 800 khar-
wars Tabrizi of barley from his promising three times the price for it. After
much discussion he promised to give 200. This amount is totally inadequate
for our needs.

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The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the Persian protests against violation of their country's neutrality, British and Russian responses to Persian nationalism, and their attempts to influence the Shah and the Majlis deputies during the events that happened in November 1915.

The volume covers:

  • Advance of Russian troops on Kashan and Tehran.
  • Situation at Kermanshah between August and November 1915.
  • Dismissal of Swedish Commandment of Gendarmerie.
  • Persian Gendarmerie.
  • Arrest of the British Consul at Shiraz by Le Comité National pour la protection de l'Indépendance Persane in November 1915.
  • German and Turkish interests.
  • United States Minister at Tehran's attitude.
  • 'Report on the seizure of the Shiraz Colony' (ff 130-132).
  • Terms proposed by Khans for release of British prisoners at Shiraz.
  • Situation in Bushire.
  • British Consulate at Bunder Abbas moved to Kerman.
  • Kerman branch of Imperial Bank of Persia reported to have been looted.
  • Russian operations on the Caucasian and Persian fronts.
  • Report of Vice Consul on the evacuation of Hamadan.
  • Prisoners at Bushire and Shiraz.
  • Intercepted letter from Wilhelm Wassmuss to Helmuth Listemann, regarding British prisoners at Bushire.
  • Events in the provinces.
  • Capture of Turkish Ambassador at Tehran by the Russians.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; Esme Howard, British Ambassador to Sweden; Bertie of Thame, British Ambassador to Italy; Mohtashem-es-Sultaneh, Persian Commissioner on the Turco-Persian Frontier; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; 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. ; British Consuls at Yazd, Kerman (C T Ducat), Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Batoum (P Stevens), Hamadan (N Patrick Cowan), Shiraz (William Frederick Trevors O'Connor) ; American Minister at Tehran; Arthur Hirtzel, 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Shaikh Hussein of Chahkutah; Imperial Bank of Persia.

There is a document in French, an ultimatum addressed to the British Consul at Shiraz by Le Comité National pour la protection de l'Indépendance Persane. There are newspaper extracts, from Jam-e Jam', Tazineh, Tiflisky Listok, and Hayat.

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1 volume (175 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 175; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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