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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎230r] (471/535)

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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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Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government,
d should be returned to the Foreign Office when done with
less required for official use.]
Cypher Telegram to Mr * Marling (Teheran)
Foreign Office, October 5th, 1915, 6,30,p.m.
No, 306,
Your telegram No, 358 (of 23rd. September.
Bakhtiari).
I am disposed to try negotiations advocated by Sir
P, Cox in his telegrams Nos, 2040 B and 2068 B of 17th,
and 19th, September respectively though I see no reason
why your proposed gifts should not proceed pari passu r
Unless therefore you consider that present situation
entirely precludes all possibility of success you are
authorized to begin negotiations through Mr, Grahame,
if you have any safe means (but I understand that he
has no cypher nor of course telegraphic facilities)or
through Sir P. Cox.
I regret to say that there is little or no ground
for Sir P, Cox' hope that Ispahan may be found shortly
in our sphere. In these circumstances it would ob
viously be undesirable to commit ourselves in promises
which might be inconsistent with rights o ’ Russian Gov
ernment in Russian sphere and governorship of Ispahan
must not therefore be promised though His Majesty’s
Government might and probably would use good offices on
behalf of Khans.
The total therefore of our possible commitments
amounts to promise to preserve Bakhtiari country with
its present limits for etribe and to give Khans local
autonomy to deal witii 1 tnoir own^way under our aegis.
Further, to be prepared to consider Bakhtiari candi
dates among others for governorships in sphere which
can legitimately be influenced by us.
(143399/15)
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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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