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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎159r] (327/535)

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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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Enclosure No. 2.
Telegram, No. 217—1221, dated the 5th June 1916.
From— 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,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
My immediately preceding telegram. Secret portion of letter received
this morning from O’Connor contained draft telegram sent herewith.
I presume Earman Earma’s Deputy could send Mamur; if so, as
O’Connor thinks, he might be useful perhaps you would arrange.
There is no doubt inaction of our force here has a very bad effect, but in
view of decision of Government there appears to be no help for it.
I am writing to Zair Khidar requesting reply to my letter of May 4th
in which I said I had been authorized to tell him that if he sent over the British
prisoners, British authorities would release the Tangistanis now in confinement
in exchange.
Meanwhile I am communicating again with O’Connor secretly in regard
to chance of prisoners being able to escape, as I believe Zair Khidar’s reason
for not replying is that he wants an assurance of immunity from punishment.
Addressed Minister; repeated Basrah.
54
Telegram R., No. .386 F., dated the 13th (received 14th) June 1916.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram No. 379.
Mr. Christmas’ servant, who left Ahram, meant to state that prisoners
have been removed to Khawvis, twelve Earsakhs from Bushire, where climate
is said to be better.
Health of prisoners is good but they are much depressed. They receive
provisions from Bushire and such papers and letters as pass censorship of
Wassmuss. Before the bombardment of Choghavak they were allowed some
liberty, but since that date they have been more closely confined and their
lives have been threatened several times.
Mahdi was trying to ill-treat prisoners, but Khans are afraid to do this.
Bushire informed.
Addressed to Foreign Office.
56
Telegram R., No. 388 F., dated the 14th (received 15th) June 1916.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Zugmeyer, formerly German Consul, and Griesinger, German Vice-Consul
at Kerman, and Eritz Wedig, arrested some time ago at Niriz, have been
handed over to Kawam at Shiraz.
Addressed to Foreign Office; repeated to Meshed, Sistan and Sir
P. Sykes.
57
Telegram R., No. 222 C., dated the 14th (received 15th) June 1916.
From-BRIGADIER-GENERAL Sir P. M. Sykks, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Your telegram No. 277 S. Obeidullah, the person referred to, has been
arrested here by me.
Arrangements for his deportation to India are being made.

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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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