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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎161v] (332/535)

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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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Suh~ lEnolosure No. 1.
Translation of a letter from the llkhani and Ilbegi to the Hon'ble Sir Percy Cox, His
Britannic Majesty's Consul-General 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. , dated the 21st Rajah 1334
(23rd May 1916).
At our interview on the subject of Bakhtiari and Behbehan matters we
gave you a verbal promise that the friction and misunderstanding which
existed between us bad been removed and that in future we would undertake
to work together loyally and wholeheartedly.
We now repeat to you in writing that, in accordance with the agreement
which has just been signed, we give you a definite and solemn promise that in
future we will carry out our duties in complete unison and harmony and we
will abstain from all intrigue to the prejudice of good order. As long as we
enjoy the support of the British Government and its officials, we will not
resign our appointments but will continue our work with vigour.
If in future disputes or differences of opinion should arise, we will have
them settled by the nearest representative of the British Government so that
they may be arranged with amity and unity.
We trust that this agreement will not be broken in any way.
This has been written for your information.
We take this opportunity to renew the expression of our friendly senti
ments.
(Seal.) Yusuf.
(Seal.) Ghulam Hussain.
Sub-enclosure No. 2.
Translation of a letter from the llkhani and Ilbegi to Hon’ble Sir P. Cox, His Majesty's
Resident and Consul-General 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. , dated the 23rd May 1916.
Jfter compliments .—Your Honour is doubtless aware of the position as
regards Bakhtiari interests at Shushter and Dizful which has obtained up to
the present. In the light of recent happenings in these parts it has rather
seemed to us that your representative was inclined to act in a way calculated
to prejudice those interests. We have recently discussed this matter with
Captain Noel and from what he says it would seem that if, in fact, your
representative has been acting in the way suggested, the reason for his so
doing was solely attributable to the fact that some of the Bakhtiari Khans
and their dependents had joined and were assisting our enemies, and that in
consequence the British authorities were suspicious of the attitude of the
Bakhtiari. Khans in Shushter and Dizful are uncertain whether they intended
to co-operate with and oppose them. But now with the agreement between us
and the British Legation freshly signed there can remain no doubt in your mind
as to our sitcerity and friendship. You will doubtless agree with us that our
interests at Shushter and Dizful should be protected since those interests are
common to yourselves, we therefore take this opportunity to request that the
former position as regards Shushter and Dizful may be restored. The position
to which we refer is as follows.
We, the Khans, recognise the authority of the Deputy Governor appointed
either direct by the Persian Government or by the Governor-General, Arabistan,
with the Persian Government’s approval. We ourselves lay no claim to the
government of those places except it be with the approval of the representative
of the British Government. As Your Honour is aware however we have up
to now been in the habit of furnishing a detachment of sowars for the mainten
ance of law and order and the support of the Government, and the wages of
these sowars have been met from the revenues of Dizful and Shushter and
collected through the Finance Department. We now trust that the represent
atives of the British Government and yourself will accept and approve this
arrangement.

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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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