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File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [‎147v] (299/519)

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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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Telegram R., No. 1003 B., dated (and received) the 29th April 1915.
From-The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sin Peecy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Poll-
tical 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. ,
To-The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Pohbcal Depart-
ment, Simla.
Poliowing from Bushire, dated April 27th :
Beqins Following courses appear to me to he open to AV assmuss
(1) He may be joining the expedition against the Kamarij; (2) going to
a I* /o'\ pfirmns 1 to Borasiun to incite Khans to create trouble;
(l) going^to organic! 1 expeditkin Against Haider Khan; (5) coming to Bushire
to re-open the Consulate.
All these are most objectionable from our point of view.
In the case of (5), I presume His Majesty’s Government would not
tolerate his presence here, and perhaps the Persian Government rmght be
moved to telegraph urgent orders to Governor-General here, to send out and
“form him that Persian Government cannot agree to hrs commg to Bushire
or remaining in Dashtistan.
In the event of his coming on, should I arrange with Officer Commanding
the troops to send a party to try and intercept him ? If he brings many
gendarmes, this might result in a disturbance.
A w cPoVifan
Telegram, No. 1004 B., dated the 29th (received 30th) April 1915.
From— The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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
ment, Simla.
My telegram, 1003 B.
Following received from Shiraz -
Begins. No. 104, 28th April. ^ r
Wassmuss with Saiyid Hasan has arrived at Kazerun and is staying
with Oertengren. Governor-General informed that that after Wassmuss s
departure he received letter from him stating that he is going to Borasjun to
regulate certain question in connection with Bushire Consulate. Mill report
such news as I hear in regard to him from time to time. In the meantime
open support accorded to him by Swedish officers is becoming scandal. Persian
Officer at Borasjun has not yet been removed in spite of orders of Persian
Government. Ends.
Telegram R., No. 1008 B., dated the 29th (received 30th) April 1915.
From—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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
ment, Simla.
My telegram No. 1004 B.
Following from Bushire. “Wassmuss will probably be at Borasjun on
Saturday. He may stay there and try and work up tribes or he may be
expecting an assurance from Persian Government or gendarmerie that he may
enter Bushire in safety. In any case he will cause a lot of excitement here
and disturbances.
Trust you will be able to get Persian Government to telegraph im
mediately to the Governor in sense indicated in my telegram No.
This morning His Excellency mentioned to Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Dragoman that he had
heard Wassmuss had left Shiraz and that if latter came here it would be the
cause of great disturbances. But Governor is unlikely to take any steps to

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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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1 volume (257 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 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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