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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎143r] (295/535)

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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, Basra, 30th August 1916.
{Addressed to Foreign, repeated to Secretary of State for India.)
4347. My immediately preceding telegram. Following from Noel.
IMrst, No. 41:2, dated 25th, received late 29th :—
Befoi e news of Ilamadan became generally known (I informed
Muhtashem only), Khans, by means of threats, had induced Germans to agree
to leave Bakhtiari (?). Germans, however, on hearing of Russian reverse,
halted at Deh-Kurd, where they are now collecting a force to march on
Ispahan. I hey do not muster as yet more than 600 sowars, but if joined by
Ueza Khan and other brigands their numbers may reach 3,000.
“ l h ave given Muhtashem assurances in regard to his (services ?), and in
return he has given me undertaking to place all the levies he can command
to-day for all Bakhtiari forces to collect at Sirak*and on Deh-Kurd. Khans
and I leave here to-morrow morning.
“ If enemy stands, fighting should commence on 27th or 28th.
“ If defeated, enemy will probably retire through Samun Madraseh.
“Lynch road should be considered closed for present.
“ I am afraid Mujahid is a snake in the grass, but 1 have no clear proof.
“ Addressed to Tehran, repeated to Ispahan, Basra, with request that
Mr. Young may be informed.”
Second, No. 414, dated 27th, received 30th : —
Are Russian troops prepared to act against German Charge d’Affaires
following? If so, Bakhtiarie could co-operate by holding the passes and
denying enemy a retreat into Bakhtiari. Muhtashem has placed 1,000 sowars
at my disposal to follow enemy over border. If enemy stand, which I doubt,
we should be in contact with them to-morrow.
“ Bakhtiari collecting slowly.
“Addressed Graham, repeated Basra, Tehran.”
at our disposal, and in accordance with this promise orders have been issued

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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)

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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