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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎52v] (109/452)

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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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Enclosure 1 in No. 1.
^ V ^ ,f ‘ tV Draft Kerman Mining Concession, dated December 9, 1912.
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The concession granted by the Government of His Imperial Majesty the Shah ox
Persia in favour of Mr. Matthew Tarbett Fleming, of 123, Bishopsgate Street
Without, in the City of London, and of Fremnells, Billericay, in the county of
THE following has by these presents been agreed on and arranged, namely:—
Article 1 . The Government of His Imperial Majesty the Shah grants to Mr. Matthew
Tarbett Fleming (hereinafter called the concessionnaire), by these presents a special
and exclusive privilege to search for, obtain, develop, refine, heat, and smelt, transport
from one place to another, export and sell all minerals of every kind throughout the
whole of the zone between a line drawn from Abadeh direct to Birjand, thence south to
about latitude 26° 25 /< , thence west to a point south of Minab Biver, and from Abadeh
south to the sea in the Persian Empire, for a term of sixty years from the date of these
presents. _
Art. 2 . This privilege shall comprise the right of constructing, working, and using
within the limits of this concession, and up to and upon any point or points on the
coast of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , tramways, roadways, bridges, warehouses, wharves, piers,
and any other conveniences necessary for economical transport, in so far as such
facilities do not exist, or are not adequately and duly provided by the Persian Govern
ment or their nominee. It shall also comprise the exclusive right of building and
using in such places as the concessionnaire may select all works for smelting or
otherwise, which the concessionnaire may deem desirable for the treatment of any
minerals raised, as well as all pumping stations, electric installations, telephone lines,
waterways, canals, dams, water services, reservoir, workshops, warehouses, dwellings for
employes, and any other works or conveniences which the concessionnaire may think
conducive to the prompt and economical carrying out of the objects of this concession.
Art. 3. The Imperial Persian Government grants to the concessionnaire the right
to acquire any lands vhich he may deem necessary or desirable for any of the above
purposes, and hereby grants gratuitously to the concessionnaire all uncultivated lands
belonging to the State which the concessionnaire may deem necessary or desirable for
any of such purposes. With respect to uncultivated lands belonging to others than the
State or cultivated lands belonging to the State or others the concessionnaire shall have
the right to purchase them at the current values of the provinces or districts in which
such lands may respectively be situate, and without any proprietors being allowed to
make demands of* a nature to surcharge the prices ordinarily current for lands situate
in their respective localities.
Art. 4. Cancelled.
Art. 5 . All lands granted by these presents to the concessionnaire or that may be
acquired by him in the manner hereinafter provided, and also all buildings or other
property belonging to or used in connection with the operations of the concessionnaire
during the term of* this concession, and also all mineral products or articles of every
description imported or exported by the concessionnaire under this concession shall
be free of all imposts, customs-house duties, and other imposts whatsoever, except
the share of profits payable to the Imperial Persian Government as hereinafter
Art. 6 . The Imperial Persian Government authorises the concessionnaire to form a
preliminary company to exploit this concession, the object of which company, after
proving the minerals to a sufficient extent by working shall be to form one or more
working company or companies for the working of this concession or any part or parts
thereof, and all or any of the rights thereunder to such preliminary company, and such
preliminary company shall have the right to re-transfer the same to any one or more of
such working companies. The name, statutes, and capital of any and each such company
shall be fixed by the concessionnaire.
Art. 7 . Any preliminary company that may be formed by the concessionnaire to
exploit this concession shall guarantee the payment to the Imperial Persian Government
by each company which may thereafter be formed to acquire any of the rights granted
by this concession of a royalty of 10 per cent, of the net profits to be derived by each
such company respectively from working the mines or other property of rights which

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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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