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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎212v] (436/535)

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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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Yesterday the German Legation continued to transfer their effects to the
American Legation. Erom the German Secretary’s house which is outside the
German Legation, ammunition is being moved to quarters outside the fortifica
tions which are occupied by Austrians. These movements may indicate flight
to Ispahan of the German Legation.
All is quite quiet in the town.
Sent to India, Petrograd and addressed to Foreign Office.
32
Telegram P., No. 250, dated the 10th (received 11th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Kerman, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
T’here is nothing to report to-day .
33
Telegram P., No. 252, dated the 11th (received 12th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul, Kerman, Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
There is nothing to report to-day.
35
Telegram P., No. 446-F., dated the 11th (received 12th) November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
Please refer to my telegram immediately preceding. This morning
Russian Minister and I met Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
by appointment. Ministers dilated at great length on necessity for conciliating
public opinion and upon recall of troops to Kasvin. They said, that as soon as
that was done, and two Governments had agreed to discuss terms on
which Persia would adopt benevolent neutrality, Persian Government would
declare their determination to put an end to German intrigues, etc.,
publicly. We said that movement of troops was not under our control and that
situation here in any case did not warrant their withdrawal. Persian
Government had promised to remove Austrian prisoners and take other mea
sures but had done absolutely nothing but provide few guards armed with
unserviceable rifles for defence of Legation. Orders to troops could not be
modified in these circumstances. Meanwhile as to proposed negotiations we
might expect instructions from our Governments. By accepting moratorium
Persian Government had practically pledge^ themselves to benevolent neutra
lity and had no cause whatever to regard presence of troops as unfriendly. If
Government was sincere in their professions they would at once make this
clear to public and our Governments. Minister said that they could not take
such a step in face of public opinion.
We parted with an understanding that so long as Mujahidin are not dis
armed troops would not move back. Persian Government say that until after
10th Moharrem, November 18th, this cannot be safely done.
80 mules left town last night it is believed for Hamadan and I can in
form that all German officers here did the same.

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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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