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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎210r] (431/535)

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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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Telegram R., No R-310, dated the 6th (received 7th) November 1915.
1 rom—The Hon'rle Lightena.nt-Colonel Sir P. 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. , Kut, through Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and pJlitical Depart
ment, Delhi. r
Following is in abbreviation (of) form of agreement now suggested by us
for presentation to Bakhtiari Khans.
L Bakhtiari engagements. Headings only :—
A. —Not to take up arms against allies or furnish supplies or transport to
parties actually or prospectively hostile to allies.
B. —To discourage Jihad in Bakhtiari territory and Governorships.
G. Po maintain security within and on the borders of Bakhtiari territory
^ and to afford fulfilment of protection to oil-fields.
B. Not to encroach upon districts adjacent to their present southern
frontiers.
E. —Friendly relations with Sheikh of Mohammerah to be maintained.
Refugees from his jurisdiction not to be given (facilities ?) or
asylum.
F. —Caravan roads and telegraph lines in all Bakhtiari Governorships
to be protected. Second ly. Engagements of His Majesty’s
Government. To preserve Bakhtiari province within its present
limits and power of Khans to deal with their subjects in their
own way under our aegis.
Y. To consider Bakhtiari candidates among others for Governorships
in spheres which can ostensibly be influenced by us and to main
tain general benevolent attitude to Bakhtiari interests where no
conflict directly or indirectly with British interests.
Z. —Finance. Five thousand pounds or ten thousand pounds down to
each branch of tribesmen on signature (of) agreement by its
representatives. Ten thousand pounds or twenty thousand
pounds to each at the end of war if the undertakings faithfully
observed.
Presume it would be advisable that Z should be dealt
with in separate document. As it is possible we may be obliged
to drop or modify some of our demands please indicate which in
your opinion might with least disadvantage be dropped and
which modified.
Sent to Tehran and repeated to India, Basrah and Ahwaz.
17
Telegram No. 41, dated the 6th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Vice-Consul at Yezd, Yezd,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Eight Austro-Hungarian from the direction of Anarak passed through
Nain this day, November 6th, marching to Ispahan.
Addressed Tehran, repeated Kerman, Meshed, Sistan, India.
18
Telegram No. 44, dated the 7th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Vice-Consul at Yezd, Yezd,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
This morning, November 7th, Church Missionary Society Hospital, Yezd,
spotted three German officers, fourteen Austro-Hungarian after commandeer
ing medicines medical appliance(s) withdrew.
Addressed Tehran, repeated Kerman, Sistan, Meshed, India.

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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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