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File 3443/1914 Pt 3 'German War: Afghanistan and Persia; German agents; British troops in East Persia' [‎69v] (149/345)

The record is made up of 1 volume (167 folios). It was created in 10 Nov 1915-5 Jun 1916. It was written in English and French. 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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(of which he received repetition yesterday) only tells him to oppose
and maintain tranquility. He is ready to exceed these instructions by h ] • 10n
us in any way we can suggest, but he thinks it only fair to expect on ^ ^
honest instructions from his Government, something in the shape of a ‘S ^
I suggested he could help us particularly in obtaining reliable inform f
from distant provinces. He jumped at it and says he v ill send special m & ^
Tabas, Khabis and Kerman, and form a complete scheme of intelligence irfi
supplies too he can help us in any way we suggest. If we tell him 1 ^
requirements for the next few months and also for the coming year he v'llT
his utmost to see that we get it, and it can be done without touchin<* V°
private pocket to the tune of 15,000 Tomans, which last year’s iourn t
Sistan actually cost him after deducting presents he received. The Pte jl t0
Department possess accurate data of all grain held here and at Sistan nUe
On receipt of telegram through Minister he passed* it on to Per t
* l regret that this seems to he untrue. Goveinor, Sistan, and ordered him to mve
F. B. PfiiDBAux,—5-2-1916. possible help, and yesterday he
wired again that those instructions had
been repeated.
.1 conveyed your message re officers. He was relieved but said he could
not imagine why you suspected any one of them with pro-German bias and he
is perfectly sure all three are loyal to him and Government,
Translation of a telegram, dated 28th January 1916, from Bis Britannic Majesty's Consul
for Sistan and Rain to Sliaukat-ul-Mulk, through His Britannic Majesty's Vice-Consul
Mr. New has reported to me his conversation of last Sunday with Your
Excellency. I find it quite unsatisfactory.
You say that you are always willing to help us in any reasonable way. But
when you harboured for six weeks two German messengers in your house, when
undoubtedly on a suspicious expedition in company with
n ? ai y r ? rr ? ari f^cnt, Syed Mohsin, and when your soldiers on several occasions
• e i 11 manner against our troops, it was clear that you were not
m those days willing to do any service for us.
A ow circumstances are changed, and still you talk only of giving us news
from neighbouring districts. This is not enough.
,, _^ e k a v e heard from the prisoner Winckelmann that only one month ago
the German Wagner with 20 mules passed by a road south of Birjand to
Afghanistan. J
+ u Cncmce . y°u and your 3 officers seems to he that you should
+L s S me ^c^aan emissaries and prove to the world that you are the enemy
of the Germans. J
Translation of a letter from Uiaukat-ul-Mulk to His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for
and Kain, dated lOth Babi 1, 1334 {25th January 1916).
After Compliments.—I hare received your letter of the 11th Eabi 1 (lM>
January) and am very pleased to hear about your good health.
tt- P?, u ^ la .^ informed me of the messages interchanged between yourself aid
His Britannic Majesty’s Minister and had asked my opinion.
Firstly, I am very grateful and thankful to you for this kindness.
^ s ^ a ^ e reply, that howsoever you may ponder over the mattefi
you will find no proofs of my deviation from friendship with British official*
“dination towards the Germans. I stated before this, and I repf
now, tnat m official affairs I am obedient to the orders of my Government,
u in private affairs I am the friend of the British Government’s offici* 5,
.ip to now the preservation of a strict neutrality has been seen everywhere oa
me part ot my Government, and orders to this effect were being received ana

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between November 1915 and April 1916. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Consulate, Seistan and Kain; and the Government of India.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 164), a communication from the National Committee for the Protection of the Independence of Persia.

The volume 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 (167 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 3443 (German War/Persia) consists of six volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/472-477. The volumes are divided into six 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 165; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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