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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎250r] (511/535)

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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, \9th September 1915 .
(Addressed to India, repeated to Minister, Secretanj of State
, for India.)
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2(\69$. My telegram No. 2040 B. dated 17th Septembei and Minister’s •
telegram No. 295 dated 17th September. AclAjl
Bakhtiari. Unless instructed to contrary 1 would propose wwohoin.^
initial negotiations with Ilkhani| and IJjbegi on lines iinlicated in my telegram ^
No. 108lB. dated Idth May as modified by Government \ of India telegrams
No 493 B. dated 15th May and Foreign Office telegram No. 121 dated 21st f
May. In regard to last-named telegram however, as anticipated in my b Hu*.
telegram T. 13 dated 22nd May, I would point out that events have shown
clearly that cash payments do not serve purpose and that Bakhtiari require,
as I think is natural, something more substantial and enduring. I trust,
therefore, that 1 may be authorised, whilst omitting all reference to their
obtaining access to 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. littoral, to negotiate with them on lines
above suggested. Preliminary communications could conveniently be
exchanged through the Sheikh of Mohammerah through whom Khans have
approached me. ,
As regards promise of assistance in obtaining Governois^ the only
essential is Ispahan, which is in their sphere and on which they have in
practice an undoubted lien, and in regard to which they are 1 think
entitled to claim our assistance, especially as there is some reason to hope
Ispahan will eventually be recognised as part of our sphere.
Conclusion of a satisfactory agreement with Khans, which should include
a permanent settlement of Sheikh and Bakhtiari trouble*, would be uuMmi.
j*friuH of such immense/and strategical value to us that J earnestly'diope
Govern ment will consent without delay to negotiate on above lines, ^h'da r
Muhtas] Gias on several occasions during past 10 years himsell made
overtures for closer political relations between the Bakhtiari and Ills
Majesty’s Government, and there is every reason to think he would prove
amenable now ; the fact that he has taken first step through the mediation
of Sheikh is of some importance. *——
We need to remember that newly-appointed Ilkhani/ and l lb eg i/ may be
expected to remain in power for some years to come, and if opening offered
by them be neglected now it will not probably recur, in this connection 1
have to report that from correspondence received this mail lor Bushire, it is
apparent that Soulet-ud-Dowleh has now sided with hostile element among J ' j- /
Khans of Bushire hinterland, and he and his /bave been writing menacin g
letters to our adherents rdmM’ing. Sink / join"forces against us:
lj believe ibis could have been avoided had my advice to offer other
inducements than money been taken when it was submitted,
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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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