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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎241r] (493/535)

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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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and shouid be returned to the Foreign Office when done with
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Decy^Dher. Mr. Marliijg (Teheran). September 23rd
Dr 9 pri'/ir, September 23rd 193iD
Kc 12 noon September 24 t}i 1915 P
NOr 358,
Sir Pr Cox's telegram to Government of India
Nor 2068 br repeated to Secretary of State P
Sir P P Cox is of course in a far better position to
judge of expediency of proposed compact with Bakhti-^ri
from a military point of view than I am, and as regards
political aspect I quite concur thrt aiiy agreement that
caji bind tribe more closely to our interests would be
of great value.
I feel however grave doubts whether it would be
possible to negotiate such a compact within any useful
time and I am inclined to think that in urging that pres
ent moment is an opportune one Sir p r Cox has not before
him all the facts in the present situation.
In the first place he assumes that the Anir Jang
has been appointed Illbegi, This is not so; he is merely
acting temporarily as such and definite appointment is
still under discussion. Still even if definite appoint
ment were made Illkhani and Illbegi would not have nower
t .... j.
to negotiate compact of this kind; in practice their
authority is limited to internal affairs of the tribe
and pact of kind suggested would have to be submitted
to the other senior Khans and their assent obtained.
Khans are scattered and much time would be lost in
discussions between them.

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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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