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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎158v] (326/535)

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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 P., No. 277 S., dated the 13th June 1910.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
To— Bbigadier-General Sie Percy Sykes, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Kerman.
Following telegram from His Majesty’s Secretary of State, dated 10th
instant:— Begins. His Majesty’s Ambassador, Petrograd * * * left here
for Kerman. Ends,
Is Obeidullah possibly same man as mentioned in Minister’s telegram
279 S., April 28th ?
53
No. 183 C., dated Bushire, the 5th (received 12th) June 1916.
Endorsed by Second Assistant to 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. .
Forwarded to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, for information, in continuation of this office endorsement
No. 141 C., dated the 11th May 1916.
1 . Telegram from Deputy 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. to Minister, Tehran, No. 216—1220, dated
the 5th June 1916.
2. Telegram from Deputy 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. to Minister, Tehran, No. 217—1221, dated
the 5th June 1916.
Enclosure No. 1.
Telegram, No. 216—1220, dated the 5th June 1910.
;p rom Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Deputy 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. ,
Bushire, t
To—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran.
Following from O’Connor, dated Abram, 30th May ‘.—Begins. “ Deference
previous correspondence. No effective action seems to have been taken by
Persian Government, and our detention seems likely to continue indefinitely
unless Your Excellency can devise some means for our release. Majority of
people here are heartily sick of whole business and will welcome settlement. I
venture to suggest that, if Persian Government are not in position to despatch
actual force to effect our release, they should at least depute Mamur to represent
either Central Government or Soulet. Arrival of such individual here would
produce great effect and matters could certainly be arranged after few days’
negotiations probably on basis of simple exchange of prisoners. Failing
this and assuming that Indian Government are not in position to employ force
themselves, I suggest that matter should be treated as simple case of
brigandage, and that we should be ransomed out of hands of brigands as has
frequently had to be done in cases of British subjects held to ransom in other
countries. Such course, howevery undesirable from some points of view, would
surely be preferable to our indefinite detention here. As long as we are here
this district remains focus for unrest and intrigue which infects all Southern
Persia and it affords place of refuge for murderers and rebels; and continued
detention of British Cousul and other British subjects by petty Khans actually
within sight and hearing of Bushire must be increasingly prejudicial to our
prestige. Once we are released these two Khans lose all fictitious importance
whiclf they have derived from rebel movements in south, and can be easily
dealt with in exemplary manner at any time later on when it suits us. ” Ends,
Addressed Minister; repeated Basrah.

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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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