The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

A Lukewarm Offer, as Reported by the British Envoy in Tehran

A lukewarm offer, as reported by the british envoy in tehran

THE rebels were known to have sent emissaries to the Persian court, and it was suspected that the latter had been fomenting trouble themselves. Diplomatic approaches were made to ascertain the response of the Persian Government to these allegations. The tone of the discussions, as reported below, betrays the uneasy relationship between the Persians and the British at this time, despite the offer expressed of military help.

‘Report of Her Majesty's Envoy in Persia to Viscount Canning’, Tehran, 1 October 1857

It seems that the British Government had received information that the disaffection existing in a large portion of the Mahomedan population of upper India ...

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