File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [160r] (329/535)
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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Enclosure No. 2.
Telegram, No. 2i76, dated the 26th May 1916.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E.,
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. , Basrah,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
My immediately preceding telegram.
Khans apprehend that on return to Chahar Mahal they will be confront
ed with a great deal of hostility and obstruction from the disaffected members
of the hierarchy and will only be able to maintain their position as Ilkhani
and Ilbegi provided that they enjoy manifest backing from us, as Sardar Jang
The particular forms of support which they ask for are—
Firstly, that Vice-Consul with his sowars should join them in Chahar
Secondly, that you send them an open letter or telegram setting forth that
they have been appointed Ilkhani and Ilbegi with our support and approval;
that it is incumbent on the other Khans to support their authority and that
any Khan opposing or intriguing against them will be regarded by us as
disloyal to Central Government and hostile to British interests and will incur
our active displeasure.
Thirdly : They believe that if they have our active support as above they
will be able to hold their own and the other Khans will gradually come to
reason. They also believe that they would then be strong enough to capture or
expel any remnants of German parties remaining or taking refuge in Bakhtiari
country. They state however that should the Turks by any chance give the
Russians a set-back on the Kermanshah line and re-enter Persia, acute dis
affection among Bakhtiaris might'recrudesce and in latter case it would be
essential that they should be supplied by us with arms and ammunition
without which they would be unable to maintain their position and the
interests of the Central Government and ourselves. I have told them that in
my opinion the forms and conditions of support which they ask for as above
described are reasonable and that I am communicating them to you with my
Further they beg me to remind you that, in view of the hereditary feud I
which exists between the Bakhtiari tribe and the Zil-es-Sultan, it cannot be
expected that the return to the Government of Ispahan of a member of the
Zil’s family as a permanency will be willingly accepted by the tribe. They
know they have themselves to thank for what has happened and for some
time to come they cannot and do not hope for more than the appointment of a
neutral official to the Governorship. But they beg me to recall to you your
remark in your telegram to Muhtashara, dated 23rd March, that Ispahan was
lost to them “ for a while ” and to express their earnest hope that you will
use your influence as soon as opportunity offers to secure the appointment of a
As regards first item, Noel is available and in circumstances I would
propose to send him forthwith.
As regards second item, as far as I can see the issue of such a communi
cation is expedient and unobjectionable, and if you concur I tiust you will
see fit to send letter to Grahame for delivery to them and send them a brief
telegram to Ahvvaz to say you are doing so.
As regards item three, the contingency is, I hope, improbable, but in event
of its occurring practical assistance of the kind would be feasible and necessary
and I trust you can give them an encouraging reply.
As regards item four, I can only observe that the effect of the permanent
appointment oka son of the Zil w r ouid no doubt be in the direction they indi
cate and if it is possible to confirm the suggestion that the present arrangement
is only temporary, it would no doubt have a soothing efi'ect on the Bakhtiari
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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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