[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Letter]

 

23/8/1318 [15 November 1939]

 

The Esteemed Cabinet of the Government of the Imperial Majesty of Iran

 

With great respect, this is to bring to your attention that I, Ataollah Makhmoor-Najafabadi, holding birth certificate number [redacted], issued in [redacted], am a Baha’i, and I got married in 1315 [1936/1937] according to my religion. I took the deed [of marriage] to the Marriage Registry Office. They said that they did not have orders to register deeds of the Baha’i religion. I sent a copy of the deed with a letter to the branch in Najafabad. They did not answer. Therefore, I sent a copy of the deed by post to the Office of Registration of Deeds of Isfahan. They also did not answer. I sent a letter explaining the situation to the central Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Justice, but they did not honour me with a response. From 1315, up to now, I am all the time under pressure by the Department of Justice of Isfahan. This humble person, who was a worker, has now been fired from his job. It seems that my crime was that I married according to the ordinances of my religion.

 

I request a solution for this humble person. In conclusion, I present my deepest respects.

 

Ataollah Makhmoor

Signature

 

 

[Stamp received at the Office of the Cabinet]

Number: 10772

Date: 30/9/1318 [22 December 1939]