File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [257r] (525/535)
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 4 Percy Cox, 22u<l May 1915.
(Addressed Foreign, repealed to India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947.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. , Minister
(M.) F. 13. Please see series of telegrams beginning with my No. 1081,
and comments of the Government of India and His Majesty’s Minister at
1 eh ran thereupon. 1 hey are doubtless in a position to appraise situation
from a longer and more detached standpoint than I can, but I respectfully
submit following further observations. Past autumn when we were expecting
wai with 1 uikey, and when military authorities in India expressed opinion
that our resources were fully occupied and that troops could not be spared
for 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. , we did not hesitate to discount lacts by making reassuring
announcements to Arab potentates of the Gulf, and by offering inducements
to Koweit, Mohammerah, and Basra notables in order to make sure of their
co-operation or benevolent neutrality. Position seems to me to be much the
same now in case of Persia. Prana facie we have no troops to spare where
with to support our friends or protect our interests. I submit, therefore,
that natural alternative is to offer practical inducements to elements which
are now friendly in order to ensure their benevolent neutrality, and if
possible obtain their co-operation, and thus discount hostility of doubtful
elements, disbursement of periodical secret service doles and other alter
native propositions by Government of India will not, I fear, be either
practicable or sufficient for the purpose.
Our friends can look after themselves and prevenr spread of hostilities
provided they receive sufficient inducement to repay them for risk and
odium entailed. If we take no action on lines suggested, we must face
possibility of these friendly elements leaving us, and consequently create
much more serious situation, necessitating military dispositions on a
proportionately larger scale than those contemplated by Government of
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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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