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File 1110/1916 Pt 2 'Persia: SITUATION Miscellaneous' [‎68v] (141/276)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (271 folios). It was created in 1916-1920. 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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Telegram R., No. 154—923, dated the 20th (received 21st) April 1916.
From—The Deputy 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. , Bushire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India iu the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram No. 148—674. Have to-day received letter from O’Connor,
April 17tli, giving result of an interview with Zair Khadir and Shaikh Hussain
at which latter made the following proposals :—
(1) Immediate exchange of British prisoners against Tangistan prisoners.
(2) Khans to give formal assurances of friendship to the British Govern
ment in return for assurances of friendship from us. Their assurances to
include promise to abstain from intrigues with German subjects or agents.
(3) Shaikh Hussain’s money, which was attached, to be returned, also
some smuggled tea belonging to Zair Khadir.
(4) Shaikh Hussain asks that route via Ahbuti (Ahmadi ?) should be
reopened. Khans add that they cannot give up Wassmuss as he has been
their guest so long, but suggested {a) that he should be allowed to find his x
way back on the receipt of an assurance from us, or {b) failing such assurance,
he should remain as their guest till end of war; in this case they will give an
assurance that he shall indulge in no further intrigues in propaganda.
O’Connor adds that he ventures to note that settlement may be possible
on these lines ; he has told Khans that he does not think we shall be able to
give any assurance of safety to Wassmuss for his journey.
I imagine second proposition will not commend itself to Government as
it would result in Khans escaping all punishment for their crimes. This
condition is no doubt crux of matter as far as Khans are concerned. I
venture to think that it would be advisable to tell Khans that if they like to
hand over British prisoners to us now, we will be pleased to release Tangistan
prisoners in exchange, but that if they do not do so, it will be worse for them ;
that as they have been dismissed from their Khanships and outlawed by
Persian Government as a result of their misdeeds, it is impossible for us to
give them any assurances even if we desired to do so.
Addressed Tehran; repeated Basrah.
84
Telegram R., No. 928, dated the 20th (received 21st) April 1916.
From—The Deputy 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. , Bushire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegrams, 152—902 and 154—923.
Perhaps it would expedite release of prisoners if Persian Government
instructed Soulet urgently to detach a party to go to Ahram and release them
as a preliminary taking over the road.
Addressed Tehran ; repeated Basrah.
85
Telegram R., No, 256 F., dated the 20th (received 21st) April 1916.
From —His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
1 0 The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram, No. 230. Democrats and rebel gendarmes are showing
renewed activity ana on the night of April 18ih placards appeared saying party
would not rest till Kawam and his son were killed. Turkish Brigadier Selim
Bey is still at large and distributing newspaper printed at Constantinople of
most hostile character.
Addressed to London Foreign Office.

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Content

The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, on miscellaneous topics relating to Persia, April to June 1916.

The file includes correspondence regarding the following issues:

  • The disposal of Germans and Swedes now interned at Tehran
  • The Russian advance from Kermanshah
  • The enrolment of Tabriz gendarmerie into a Cossack brigade
  • Movements of the Russian expeditionary force.

The file contains correspondence between: 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. ; HBM Minister, Tehran; the Viceroy; and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, London.

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.

Extent and format
1 volume (271 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 1110 (Persia) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/590-592. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 273; 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.

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