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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎95r] (194/452)

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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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-[Thi8 ^QCamentj&Jiie ^Qp£ty_ofHi s Britannic Majesty’s Gnvp.rnment.]
1 _
[February 3.]
Section 2.
No. 1.
Mr. Greenway to Foreign Office.—(Received February 3 .)
-p. Winchester House, Old Broad Street, London,
Dear bir, February 3, 1913.
i BLG to enclose copies of two telegrams, one to the Persian Railway Syndicate
and the other to myself, which have come to hand from Mr. Wood to-day.
Evidently prompt action is necessary, and I will call and see you with reference to
the telegrams this evening.
I have, &c.
P.S.—I also beg to enclose copy of a further telegram, dated the 3 rd February,
just to hand. J ’
C. G.
Enclosure 1 in No. 1 .
Mr. \\ ood to Persian Railways Syndicate.
(Telegraphic.) Tehran, February 3, 1913.
I HAD very important interview with Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday.
As futther delay threatens (to) wreck negotiations, please reply immediately to my
telegram of the 28th January stating your own opinions and wishes regarding proposal
irrespective (of) Foreign Office opinion, and, if necessary, I will conclude the business
without further reference to anyone. Owing to very severe Russian pressure, Persian
Government cannot hold out for much longer, and if they are compelled to grant
Russian concession first, your interests will be very seriously prejudiced, if not
Enclosure 2 in No. 1 .
Copy of Telegram received from Tehran by Mr. Greenway, February 3, 1913.
MY telegram of to-day applies equally to your mining, and I have undoubted
proof(s) of Russian intrigue against both. Strongly advise you to'act as suggested,
and leave political difference to be settled after the event. Persian Government still
hope that you will increase loan to 200 , 000 L How much can you add ?
Enclosure 3 in No. 1 .
Copy of Telegram received from Tehran by Mr. Greenway, January 3, 1913.
PERSIAN Government desire to substitute province Kerman-Luristan in place of
your boundary(ies) and grant railway and mining in principle, leaving detail to be
arranged later as situation does not admit of delay.
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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.

Extent and format
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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