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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎107r] (218/452)

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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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[282—204]
CONFIDENTIAL.
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Sir W. Townley to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received February 9, 11 p.m.)
Tehran. Ephrunru Q 1913.
p.m.)
Munster for Foreign Affkiro has written letter to Wood m following terms:
Persian Government grant the right of option to Persian Pail way Syndicate for
construction of a railway from Mohammerah or a place adjacent thereto to Khoremabad,
that is to say, either above-mentioned syndicate shall build railway in question by
means of loan on conditions to be hereafter arranged as a State railway at the expense
of the Persian Government, or the Persian Government shall grant syndicate a
concession for construction of the above-mentioned railway on conditions to be arranged
hereafter. In latter case syndicate shall build at its own expense and responsibility.^
In order to be in a position to choose one of the two above-mentioned methods and
to draw up the necessary conditions a preliminary survey is necessary. Persian
Government agree to commence this survey now in co-operation with syndicate,
expenses of survey to be defrayed by Persian Government, on condition that if, after
Jae completion of survey, Persian Government, by virtue of their right to select one
of the two above-mentioned methods of construction, should decide to grant a concession
to syndicate, the same shall refund to Persian Government expenses incurred in survey.
“Obviously Persian Government will provide at their own expense means for
protection of engineers and surveyors.
“ Period of this right of option is for two years from date of this letter.”
In communicating to me a copy of above letter, “ chef de cabinet ” was instructed
to express hope that syndicate would be good enough to submit at as early a date as
may be convenient a draft concession in order that conditions of the two draft proposals
may be taken into serious consideration at once with a view to no time being lost in
making selection between the alternative methods of construction.

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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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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