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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎158r] (325/535)

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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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All my mform^on as regards Kerman goes to show German e£fort is spent
and that so tar as security goes condition of province is not far from normal
so that arrival of Sykes with even a small force of gendarmes and bis own
escort should establish authority of Government on a better footing than for
some years past. As the new Governor-General has a very (small ?) force with
him and is young and inexperienced, he will lean on Sykes for advice and
vhtuaHjovernor 411 ° f reputatio11 116 createcl in past Sykes should bo
In Pars situation has not of course recovered so much as in Kerman but so
far as Germans are concerned chances of renewal of their activities seem to be
negligible. At assmuss alone remains at liberty and I can see no trace of him
retaining any influence un ess perhaps in refusal of rebellious Khans to releaso
prisoneis. If m Shiraz itself matters have not improved so far as could be wished
-fT 6 l he f, W f- I 0 Governor or ^Pity Governor with sufficient
authority to control local intrigues and jealousies hut even so I have been able
to secure re-arrest of the prisoners released by Soulet’s influence which shows
that Government authority exists while since the arrival three days ago of
P(arman) F(arma) s Deputy there is a change for the better though he came
alone and without any kind of armed force. Even now I believe that British
officers could travel with a very modest escort from Kerman to Shiraz bv a
more direct route than that suggested by Government of India or even from
Bunder Abbas without any serious danger. It would be unnecessary for
them to take money with them as I hope to see Imperial Bank of Persia
reopon at Shiraz by time they could arrive.
F(arman) i'(arma) is quite confident that within two months of his arrival
he will have province well in hand and I can (see ?) no reason to doubt it
but he will have done it by usual undesirable Persian methods. Credit and
prestige would be his and there would be no opportunity of military opera
tions which the Government of India count upon to restore our prestige.
Under the circumstances it seems to me that the risks forseen (by ?)
Government of India are small and as compared with advantages to be gained
may properly be taken. & 8
Addressed to Foreign Office; repeated to Sir P. Cox.
50
Telegram, No. 211 C., dated the 12th June 1916.
From— Brigadier-General Sir Percy Sykes, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Denart-
ment, Simla. ^
Arrived Kerman, 11th June.
Addressed Foreign; repeated Chief General Staff, Simla, Cox, Tehran,
Bushire, Ispahan, Meshed, Keyes, Sistan, Baluchistan.
51
Telegram R., No. 312 C., dated the 12th (received 13th) June 1916.
From— Brigadier-General Sir Percy Sykes, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Mission had a splendid reception to-day being escorted through the city
by Governor and leading Notables.
Authorities entirely amenable. Governor has arrested the guilty amongst
the two (?) Indians and Parsees who purchased stock of British firms from
Germans. Enemy subjects under arrest.
Addressed Foreign Office ; repeated Tehran.

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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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