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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎239r] (489/535)

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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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From Sir P. Cox, 21th September 19]y.
(Addressed Foreign, repeated to Secretary of State and Tehran.)
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, ,'' lien “7 telegrams i040 and 2008 B. were despatched, last news I had
lad from IBs Majesty s Minister, in reply to specific enquiry on the point
was hat attempts to buy had been a failure. I also understood
question of II beg, had been settled by appointment of Amir Jang wit!
Amir Mujahid as deputy, or tuee versa. Either was equally suitabfe from
“ 11 ^ pressed for " 11110 '’ :Uld 1 trUst that ^firmation of appointment
If negotiations are to be entered into, it is merely a matter of convenience
as to who should undertake them, and as His Majesty’s Minister is in
telephonic communication with lllkhani, and as Graham, I trust is to be
instructed to remain with Khans, they are in the best position to conduct
As to main demand, Germans will always outbid us at offers of cash
because their (position V) is desperate. Our policy of cash doles from Tehran
and Ispahan, and payment of over Rs. 40,000 on Secret Service in Bakhtiari ("q
have not saved Minister from necessity of proposing withdrawal of Consuls
and communities, and I think it must be regarded as having failed to meet
requirements. For this reason I think His Majesty’s Minister should be
authorised to pursue negotiations if he sees a suitable opening unless any
particular success at an early date is likely to save us the necessity. Fall
0 * Constantinople or Baghdad are only events which seem to me likelv to
alrect the situation in Persia.

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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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