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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎213v] (438/535)

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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 P., dated (and received) the 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. 'Y
(Addressed Foreign Office, London, repeated to Petrograd.)
A report has been received by the Director, Indo-European Telegraph
Department, from the Inspector working between Bushire and Shiraz that His
Britannic Majesty’s Consul and the Manager of the Bank at Shiraz have been
made prisoners by gendarmerie acting on orders from Tehran and (taken ?)
towards Bushire.
Orders have issued to the Kawam and Soulet to attack Bushire.
The Swedish gendarmerie officer was not at Shiraz.
Telegram has been sent by the leading clergy at Ispahan to Tehran
demanding the rupture of relations with the allies.
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Telegram P., No. 452-F., dated the 12th (received 13th) 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.
(Addressed Foreign Office, London, repeated to Petrograd, Basrah and Bushire.)
With reference to my immediately preceding telegram, I have heard
from Minister for Foreign Affairs who denies all knowledge of any such occur
rences at Shiraz.
The story it is just possible is a German invention made up with the
object of influencing events at the capital.
A story of very much the same kind was circulated here regarding
Hamadan which proved entirely without foundation. The Minister for
Foreign Affairs talked in the most friendly way and asked whether Russian
Minister and I mistrusted the present Cabinet. If we did so a Cabinet
could easily be formed that would enjoy our confidence. The Shah, he declar
ed, had no intention of leaving the capital.
The Persian Government seems to be on the point of coming over to us.
The German Agents are still moving from Tehran and their flight has naturally
shaken the belief in them. There is also an exodus of their adherents.
41
Telegram P., No. R.-339, dated the 12th (received 13th) November 1915.
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. , Kut, through Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
The great importance of preventing as long as possible the news from
becoming public in the event of a rupture with Persia, is again urged by the
Consul, Mohammerah,—in order to give the Sheikh time to assemble the
heads of tribes. In the cases of other friendly elements the same considerations
apply. It would appear that the only effective means of securing this would
be to seize the Persian telegraph offices at Tehran as early as possible. Can
Director make any suggestions as to particular measures which could be taken
in the provinces.
Repeated to Foreign, Bushire, Basrah, Mohammerah and addressed Minis
ter at Tehran.

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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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