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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎136r] (281/535)

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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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From Sir P. Cox, 1st September 1916.
(Addressed to Foreign, Simla, repeated to Secretary ofStaU ’,) J r°
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4393. My telegram No. 4347. Following from Noel. First. No. 415,
dated 29th August, received 1st September : —
“German following, numbering 400, retired on night of 27th-28th, from
Siimun, northwards. (Corrupt group) persistently report presence of
considerable body of Mujahidin in neighbourhood of Gulpaigan, and that
more intend joining them.
“ Loyal force, numbering 800 sowars, is at Deh Kurdistan, ihere is no
doubt that Khans’ action has upset German plans and staved off development
of considerable offensive movement against Ispahan from west.
“ f am now pressing confiscation of estates of Khans who have joined
Germans, and also for despatch of force to follow up enemy. (Addressed
Ispahan, repeated to Basra, Tehran. ) ’
Second. No. 417 :—
“Your telegram No. 4110. I would deprecate despatch of troops to
Fields. Events of last few days have brought waverers over to our side, and
as long as we hold Ispahan, and no Turkish force enters Bakhtiari, our party
can hTld its own, and Fields will not be in any danger.
“ I would again urge necessity for supporting Moh (?). He has arrested
several sowar(s) who intended joining Germans, and this action has resulted
in considera >le desertions from German adherents. (Addressed Basra,
repeated Tehran, 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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