PP/GC/CA/250 Copy of a deciphered forwarded despatch from Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning British troops in Persia, and General Outram's move to India and his recommendation of the occupation of Karrack, 6 July 1857: decipherment of 25 July 1857
Copy, in the hand of a secretary, of a deciphered despatch from Lieutenant Colonel Kembal, [British consul general at Baghdad], to Stratford Canning, first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, [British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople]: of the 5,431 troops left at Bushire under the command of General Jacob, only 202 are European, all of whom are in the artillery; ten per cent are sick. General Outram has been ordered to India leaving General Jacob in command. General Outram, seeing that the troops would in no way be available without reinforcements, recommends that "Karrack" should be garrisoned by a small troop until the treaty is executed and that the rest should go with General Jacob to Karachi. If the Shah does not execute the treaty, "Karak" will be a valuable acquisition for the British. It will be most expedient for orders about this to be sent via Baghdad. All available cattle are to be sent off [from Baghdad] and nine hundred mules will be despatched immediately. 6 Jul 1857: decipherment of 25 Jul 1857 The encrypted despatch from Baghdad was written on 6 July 1857 and this deciphered copy was sent to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, on 25 July 1857.
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Lieutenant Colonel Kemball, British consul general at Baghdad
Persian war with Britain
Iran, Iraq
British army, troops, infantry, natives, supplies
Nasser el Din, Shah of Persia
Karachi, India; Indian mutiny
Lieutenant General Sir James Outram, British Commander in Chief in Persia
Brigadier General John Jacob, British commander at Bushire, Persia
Bushire, alias Busehr, Persia, later Iran
Karrack, Karak
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