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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎215v] (442/535)

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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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Telogram R., No. 148, dated (and received) the 14th 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 F
Belgian Minister informs me that Indo-European Telegraph Department
Behrisf Arf T f Clll /n “ es f a S es between Belgian Customs Officers and
Belgian Administrator (of) Customs in Tehran. As many of these telegrams
contain reports destined for Belgian Minister I should be glad if the’order
refuse these telegrams which I understand emanates from Censor at
Karachi could be revoked.
His Majesty’s Government just requested Belgian Government to instruct
Belgian Minister here to obtain reports from Belgian Customs officials and
this very useful source of information is much impaired by order in question
Telegram P., No. ■toG-F., dated the 14th (received 15th) 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. 1
Shah received Russian Minister and me in audience to-day and conver-
sation lasted more than two hours. J
• a 4:^ er ex pl a j n ing to Shah that presence of troops denoted no hostile
intention towards Persia but quite contrary we urged that modification of
Cabinet should be made such as would satisfy our Governments that Persia
meant to carry out engagement to put an end to enemy intrigue implied bv
acceptance from us of financial support and that a declaration should be
published of Government s new policy of benevolent declaration towards us.
His Majesty would agree only to nomination of a Minister of the Interior
whose presence in the Cabinet would inspire two Governments with confidence
but tms only provided troops first returned to Kasvin. We told His Majesty
that this was impossible and we were unable to move him from that position
although we gave him to understand in unmistakeable language that if
Persian Government did not act against Germans, Russian troops would
undertake that task and that if Persia allowed herself to be driven into war
against us results to Persia and to himself would be disastrous. His attitude
was unsatisfactory and obstinate. I understand interview yesterday of repre
sentatives of enemy with Minister for Foreign Affairs was as inconclusive as
our own to-day.
Russian troops did not leave Yengi Imam 45. miles (from) Tehran before
to-day. Me are left wholly in dark as to their movement but Russian Minister
beheves they will reach Karej this evening (nem con ?)
Sent to India, Petrograd, addressed to Foreign Office.

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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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