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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎37r] (78/452)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 27 Nov 1912-14 Apr 1913. It was written in English, Farsi 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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[ This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government.]
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[February 19.]
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Section 8.
No. 1 .

Persian Railways Syndicate to Foreign Office.—(Received February 19.)
Winchester House, Old Broad Street, London,
Sir, February 18, 1913.
I AM obliged for your letter of the 14th instant, giving details of the terms of the
concession for the Jidfa-Tabriz Railway, and advising that Sir Walter Townley is
forwarding a copy of the concession by post.
\\ ith reference to the point that neither the Persian Government nor the Russian
Government are giving any financial guarantees, I beg to suggest the desirability of
obtaining from the Russian Government some definite statement as to how the capital
is to be provided—if not by guarantee.
It is well known that even for railways in Russia the capital is almost invariably
obtained by means of Government guarantees and that the money is largely raised in
other countries. It would be still more difficult, if not impossible, for the concession-
naire of the Julfa-Tabriz Railway to raise the capital required for a railway situated in
Persia without such a guarantee, either from the Russian or the Persian Government.
Therefore it is to be assumed that the capital is to be provided in some way by
the Russian Government, similarly to the capital which is being employed in the Russian
Banque de Perse, the whole of which, it is generally understood, has been supplied by
the Russian Government, and this assumption seems to be supported by the statements
which have been made as to the intention to build the Julfa-Tabriz Railway as a
“ Russian State line.”
If the capital is to be so provided it is very essential that the fact should be known,
as it will place Russia in the position of being able to begin the construction of their
northern railway forthwith, whereas if the construction of the Mohammerah-Khoremabad
railway is to be dependent upon a Persian Government guarantee it may be years before
it can be taken in hand.
I am, &c.
0. GREEN WAY, Chairman.
[2804 £—8j

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The volume contains memoranda, correspondence and telegrams, and minutes of letters between British officials regarding railway constructions in Persia, focussing on the line planned between Mohammerah [Khorramshahr, Iran] and Khoremabad [Khorramabad, Iran].

The subjects covered are:

  • the leasing of land around Khor Musa to the British by the Ruler of Mohammerah, in 1912 (document in Farsi with English translation on ff 182-183);
  • railway concessions agreed by Persian Government and negotiations with Persian Railways Syndicate;
  • Persian Railways Syndicate's application for a mining concession in the Kerman district (Draft Concession on ff 52 and 53);
  • the Julfa-Tabriz Railway Concession, in French (ff 62-63).

The main correspondents are: the Ruler of Mohammerah, Shaikh Kazal [Khaz‘al bin Jābir bin Mirdāw al-Ka‘bī], Persian Railways Syndicate Limited, the Imperial Bank of Persia, the 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. , the Foreign Office, and the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .

Some correspondence is in Farsi and some letters in French, from the Russian Embassy in London, are present in the volume. A map of Persia and Afghanistan, showing the projected railways, is on folio 77.

The volume includes a divider which gives the year that the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in it arranged by year. This divider is placed at the front of the volume.

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1 volume (222 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 240 (Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement) consists of one volume, IOR/L/PS/10/332.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 224; 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. The map, f 77, is a very large fold-out sized at A1.

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English, Farsi and French in Latin and Arabic script
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