File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [145v] (295/519)
The record is made up of 1 volume (257 folios). It was created in 20 Mar 1915-3 Dec 1915. 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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European agitators, they threaten to become of suoh a character that only a
very strong Government, with the support of British and Russian Legations,
can hope to cope with it.
Mv French and Russian colleagues and I have agreed to bring about form-
nfinn of a stron^ Persian Cabinet Council and Saad-ed-Dowleh, Ain-ed-
Dowleh and Parraan Parma have signified their willingness to take office. My
Russian colleague and I are to see His Imperial Majesty the Shah to-morrow
and urge on His Majesty the acceptance of such a Cabinet. In case situation
nrmears likely to get beyond our control, we also consider that Russian troops
which are stationed at Kasvin should he brought to Tehran and reinforcements
held in readiness to proceed in reserve. My Russian colleague is sending a
telegram to his Government in this sense, and I trust that requisite authority
mnv ho received from Petrograd at once.
Dismissal of Swedish gendarmerie officers will probably be necessary, but
we are of opinion that we can then rely on gendarmes and on police if they are
paid. Loyalty of Persian Cossack brigade is doubtful, unless they are support
ed by Russian troops.
As regards Bank’s plight, Government is to issue a proclamation in which
it will be declared that Bank notes are legal tender^ at Bank, but Bank will
have to advance some funds to Government which is practically in a penniless
condition. Russian Bank is not in a position to assist the Imperial Bank of
Arrival in a day or two of German and Austrian Ministers which is timed
no doubt to coincide with run on Bank, makes next few days ciitical, and pos
sibility of our being able to hold up situation depends, in my opinion, on our
being able to rely on material support which can be afforded by Russian
Addressed to Foreign Office, sent to India, Basrah and Petrograd.
Telegram P., dated the 23rd (received 24th) April 1915.
Prom—His Majesty’s Secretary of State for India, London,
To—His Excellency the Viceroy, Simla (repeated to Sir P. Cox).
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. . Please refer to my telegram, dated the 2nd December 1914.
I presume Sir Percy Cox is satisfied that nothing more can be done to
conciliate Arabs around Ahwaz and Basrah by free expenditure. I should
approve an increased outlay if Your Excellency and Sir P. Cox consider that
it would be useful.
Telegram P., No. 953 B., dated the 24th (received 25th) April 1915.
Prom—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
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
His Britannic Majesty’s Minister at Tehran on the 22nd instant telegraph
ed as follows:—“ No. 144. Repeated to Basrah and Petrograd.
“Without financial support the present Government will do nothing
effectual and I fear but little even if we gave it. It is disunited and deplorably
weak and its only merit is its readiness to resign.
“We ought, I think, to work for the formation, under Ain-ed-Dowleh, of a
stronger Cabinet, if possible. Ain-ed-Dowleh is perhaps the only and the best
man in Persia who is capable of dealing with the agitations of the Germans
whose activities are on the increase. He w T ill be accepted by the Russian
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The volume concerns the Persian Gendarmerie in southern Persia (Fars), and the pro-German feelings of the Swedish officers who were part of it.
The volume covers:
- Accusations against Swedish officers employed by the Persian Gendarmerie in Fars, suggesting that they have been abandoning their neutrality to support German interests.
- Anti British attitude of Swedish officers; request for their withdrawal.
- Consignment of arms and ammunitions at Bushire, for the use of the Persian Gendarmerie.
- List of Swedish officers in service for the Persian Gendarmerie.
- Alleged intrigues by Major Previtz and other Swedish officers.
- Conditions offered to the Swedish officers of the Gendarmerie for their withdrawal from Fars.
- Proposed subvention for the Gendarmerie.
- Situation at Tehran.
The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Hardinge, Viceroy 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. ; Walter Beaupre Townley and Charles Marling, British Ministers at Tehran; the Swedish Legation in London; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Esme Howard, British Consul at Stockholm; Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; Thomas William Holderness and 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. ; William Frederick Travers O'Connor, British Consul at Shiraz; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia.
The volume contains some letters in French, from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from Gustav Edwall and Gustav Hjalmar Previtz, Persian Gendarmerie.
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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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 259; 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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