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File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [‎149r] (302/519)

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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, No. 1022 B., dated the 2nd (received 3rd) May 1915.
From—The Hon^bl® Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
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,
Ihe Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram, dated 29th April, 1008 B.
Following received from Shiraz, dated 1st May :— Begins, Wassmuss is !
visiting Kashuli Khan as reported, and is, I believe, accompanied by escort of
four or five gendarmes in spite of orders of Persian Government that gendarmes
should not accompany him off main road, hut Captain Oertengren does not go
with them and remains Kazerun. Senior Persian gendarmerie officer of post,
however, also proceeded to visit Khan on 29th and it appears actively assisting
AVassmuss.
AVdll telegraph further particulars later when I hear again from Kazerun.
Bushire reports that individual mentioned in Bushire telegram 101 C.
also accompanies AV r assmuss.
27~ .
Telegram R , No. 1024 B., dated (and received) the 3rd May 1915.
From—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.CLE., C.S.I., Poli
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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram, No. 1022 B., dated May 2nd.
Following from Bushire, No. 161 C., to Minister :—
Begins, My telegram 160 C.
Governor informs me that he telegraphed yesterday to Persian Govern
ment pointing out that it would be highly undesirable that Wassmuss should
come here, as his presence would cause trouble, and urgently requesting
them to arrange with German Legation (or by any means which they consider
suitable) that AVassmuss should receive instructions not on any account to go
to any place within the jurisdiction of the Governor of Gulf Ports, nor to
remain in Dastistan.
Perhaps Your Excellency could kindly urge Persian Government to take
necessary steps and issue instructions to the Governor in the sense indicated in
my telegram, 158 C.
Addressed Tehran ; repeated to Basrah and Shiraz. Bnds.
Telegram R., No. 1025 B., dated the 3rd (received 4th) May 1915.
From—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
ment, Simla.
Legation having apparently suggested Zil-es-Sultan as Governor-General,
Pars, Consul, Shiraz, replied on 26th April as follows:—
Your telegram, 57. Question of Governor-General for Fars.
I venture (to) think that Governor-General’s principles should he borne
in mind (as being of ?) even greater importance than personal marked capacity
of individual. First he should recognise predominance of British interests in
Fars and should be prepared to give assurance not to work against them.
British interests are paramount in Southern Persia.
Determined efforts have been and are being made to destroy our influence
and prestige dow r n here and have had marked success. Zil-es-Sultan is
notoriously under Russian influence and I fear (that unless our ?) point of
view is strongly impressed on him our interests may he neglected or under
rated.

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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)
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 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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English and French in Latin script
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