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File 3443/1914 Pt 3 'German War: Afghanistan and Persia; German agents; British troops in East Persia' [‎81r] (172/345)

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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The only chance for you and your 3 officers seems to be that you should
catch some German emissaries and prove to the world that you are the enemy
of the Germans.
' ^ Enclo. 3 to Serial No. 134.
ffanslation of a letter from Shaukat-ul-Mulk to His Britannic Ufajesty’s Consul for Sistan
and Kain, dated 19th Rabi 1 } 1334 (25th January 1916),
After Compliments.—I have received your letter of the 11th Rabi 1 (17th
January) and am very pleased to hear about your good health.
You had informed me of the messages interchanged between yourself and
His Britannic Majesty’s Minister and had asked my opinion.
Firstly, I am very grateful and thankful to you for this kindness.
Secondly, I state in reply, that howsoever you may ponder over the matter,
you will find no proofs of my deviation from friendship with British officials
or of my inclination towards the Germans. I stated before this, and I repeat
now, that in official affairs I am obedient to the orders of my Government,
but in private affairs I am the friend of the British Government’s officials.
Bp to now the preservation of a strict neutrality has been seen everywhere on
the part of my Government, and orders to this effect were being received and
I was complying with them as was fitting from a well-wisher of the Government
and of the Persian nation. Now that orders are being received that I should
stop instigations by the German parties, indeed I am, to the extent of my
power, taking necessary steps to search out the modes of their communications,
e g., to discover the places of their staying and their ways of crossing through
the country, and to destroy their communications and I will stop them. If clearer
instructions are also received from the Government, immediate steps will of
course be taken. This is my idea which I have stated without any reserve. I
state, however, that if His Britannic Majesty’s Minister wishes to replace me by
Amir Hisam-ud-Dauleh at the desire of the Russian Minister, I shall not be
grieved at all, because indeed he must consider the furthering of the Govern
ment’s objects to be in this way ; and nothing further can be said.
After explaining my views as I have done, I state briefly below my
replies to the other sentences:—
(1) British Government officers, since the time of Major Sykes and
thereafter, have always been and are my friends. I have always
safeguarded my friendship with them and will do so, and I do
not suppose that a different idea will ever enter my mind. I am
also very grateful for the kindness shown by His Britannic
Majesty’s Minister two years ago.
(2) I have been, and am, obedient to orders of my Government, When
the inclination of the Persian Government is known, it is not
needed to ascertain my inclination.
(3) You may kindly specify w T hat are the convincing proofs which I
should give.
(4) I do not think that Colonel Ali Naqi Khan, Basir-i-Nizam or Prince
Mohamed Taqi Mirza are pro-Germans, because they are at
present my subordinates, and if you can satisfy yourself about
me you may rest assured about them too. Apart from this they
have not got so much influence among their men (as to be able to
lead them contrary to my washes).
I say only this much in conclusion, that regarding the fear of the
Germans, which you impute to me- in your second paragraph, I do not
admit it at all, and so far I have never had any fear in any way nor do I now
have it, because my nature is somewhat repugnant to this attribute.
The remarks w r hich I have made in this letter you will I hope convey to
the Minister. I consider a separate representation to him would be lacking in
respect to you. I will refer only to the sentence which has been telegraphed
by the Minister to you that it is necessary that I should get rid of my prejudice

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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.

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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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