File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [199r] (407/535)
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. 3031-B., dated the 15th (received 16th) December 1915.
From—The Hon'ble 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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Polio wing has been received from Doctor Young (?) dated 9th December
and telegraphed on December 13th from oil-fields:— Begins. Addressed to
Ahwaz, Tehran, Basrah and Kut-al-Amarah. I have concluded agreement with
Illkhani and Illbegi, countersigned by Amir Jang Murtaza Kule Khan.
Junior Khans assented to it.
Summary of paper is as follows :— Begins. “Illkhani and Illbegi, in the
event of war with Persia, guarantee to safeguard Company’s interests with all
power at their command and in accordance with former contract between them
and the Company. Company shall have right to continue working as before
subject to fortnight’s notice with safe conduct to Ahwaz should Khans no
longer have power to protect Company’s interests. Ilikhani and Illbesri so
long as Persian Government remains neutral undertake to prohibit entry into
Bakhtiari country of any European or their representatives whose object is to
cause mischief and intrigue. Should any of them come unexpectedly under
any pretext they will be expelled from Bakhtiari country by force.” Bnds.
Paper as originally presented by me was accepted by Muhtasham but
refused by Mujahid who objected to mention of Germans in last paragraph
substituting word Europeans. Otherwise meaning is clear. Owing to un
certainty of the Persian Government’s action later Khans could not guarantee
expulsion of Germans after declaration of War without a previous undertak
ing with the British Government regarding Bakhtiari neutrality. On this
point they were prepared to negotiate.
I have arranged in view of situation in province for immediate appoint
ment of two Junior Khans to remain here to prevent and any (any ?)
movement south, in absence of Illkhani.
In consideration of foregoing I have given Illkhani 1,500 and Illbegi 1,000
am uncertain of the latter. Buds.
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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)
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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