File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [159v] (328/535)
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, No. 689 W., dated the 14th June 1916.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
To— Biugadiee-Genkral Sie P. M. Sykes, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., Kerman.
Government of India are pleased to hear of safe arrival of your party at
Kerman and gratified to learn of the cordial reception accorded you by Gov
ernor and leading citizens.
No. 4490, dated Basrah, the 30th May (received 13th June) 1916.
Endorsed by Chief Political Officer.
Copies forwarded, with compliments, to the Secretary to the Government
of India in the Foreign and Political Department, Simla, for information :—
Telegrams to His Majesty's Minister, Tehran, Nos. 2475 to 2479, dated the 26th May
Enclosure No. 1.
Telegram, No. 2475, dated the 26th May 1916.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E.,
Political Kesident 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. , Basrah,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
The Shaikh having pressed me to meet Ilkhani and Ilbegi with him and
they themselves having expressed wish for meeting I agreed, subject to condi
tion that agreement had first been signed at Fields and Saiyid Isa handed over
at Ahwaz. As regards agreement, Muhtasham was ready to comply forthwith ;
JMujahid haggled for a bit on ground that situation had been altered by Russian
occupation of Ispahan but eventually complied. Great difficulty was ex
perienced in getting Khans to make good their undertakings regarding Saiyid
Isa, but he was eventually brought down in motor car by Noel and Shaikh
Hanzal and handed over to Shaikh of Mohammerah’s custody.
Shaikh proceeded to Band-i-Kir and brought them to Ahwaz where
gathering took place on 23rd and 24th, the Ilkhani and Ilbegi and junior
Khans, Shaikh and Haji Rais, Consular Officers and self and Dr. Young being
Relations between Ilkhani and Ilbegi had recently been very bad and up
to the time of their arrival at Ahwaz they had spent most of their time in
recriminations and intrigues against each other and threats of resignation, but
when we met they had benefitted by their preliminary conversations with
Shaikh and become more amenable.
I insisted that having been appointed Ilkhani and Ilbegi through our
recommendation and support and having just made a specific bargain with us
for value received, it was ridiculous that they should thus be sparring among
themselves and talking of resignation. It was their bounden duty to cease
recrimination, sink differences and work in complete accord publicly and
privately for the effective performance of their functions and the fulfilment of
their obligations to us. Two days’ friendly gathering did much to clear the
air and create good feeling and they eventually gave me joint writing in
which each gives his word to abide by above injunctions and cease all talk of
resignation; to refer any obstinate personal difficulty to friendly arbitration of
British representative, and to work steadfastly on above lines so long as they
have reasonable support from us. I am wiring separately in latter connection.
Sent to Minister and Grahame ; repeated Bushire and India by post.
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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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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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