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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎128r] (265/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. 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 from Sir P. Cox, Basra, 8th Sept; 1916.
(Addressed Foreign, repeated Secretary of State)
4522. My telegram 4506. Following from Noel, No.
419, dated 2nd received 7th September:-
"After three days wrangling with Mutashem, confisca-
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tion of first enemy property has been effected, I
received undertaking from (? Ilkani) which should ensure
confiscation being effective, and not a mere paper
transaction. 200 Sowars will be left here for the
present.
Now that confiscation of first enemy estate has been
effected, remainder should offer no difficulty, with
exception of Paradumbeh. This village has a strong fort
and is well garrisoned. Its reduction would probably
take 20 to 30 days if undertaken by Bakhtiaris alone, and
if we agree to meet cost of operations we should be
prepared to pay from 10,000 to 15,000 tomans. It would
be far more satisfactory if Sykes could send out a party
with two guns from Ispahan which, with co-operation of a
Bakhtiari force I could raise with 3 days notice, could
destroy fort ina few hours. I am confident as far as
(? Bakhtiari) is concerned, one or two guns with howitzer
and an escort would be unattended with risk.
If this action be taken against Zargham who has been
one of the chief leaders and instigators of every hostile
movement from this side, I feel sure that Bakhtiari
question will give us no further trouble.
Addressed Tehran, repeated Basrah, Ispahan."

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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and 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. minute papers, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: the 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. ; the Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the 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. .

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (260 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one 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 260; 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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