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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎22r] (48/452)

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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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CONFIDENTIAL.
Sir W. Townley to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received March 29, 10 p.m.)
Tehran, March 29, 1913.
(No. 133.)
(March 29, 7’45 p.m.)
YOUR telegram No. 153
I see no objection to our supporting the Russian demand. I have already said,
in answer to enquiries of various Ministers, that I believe Russian Government attach
great importance to the granting of this concession, which should present certain
advantages to Persia in that it should serve to develop trade interests of district
concerned. I gather that it will meet with very considerable opposition. Ministers
argue that it cannot have a great value until the railway is made, and that its nego
tiation can very well be postponed until the Medjliss reassembles.
I have no reason to believe that there is any active Russian opposition here to
British schemes beyond that I think it is known that Russia has made friendly
[?] remonstrances in London concerning both Mohammerah Railway and the mining
concession. Such action on their part is calculated to help rather than to hinder us,
because Persian suspicion of Russia is very deep-rooted.
Occasion might be used to make further representations about the needless
hoisting of lights at Russian consulate-general at Bushire, about which I am in receipt
of [group undecypherable] telegrams from British consul-general, who considers
moment favourable for reopening question consequent upon change of the Russian
consular authority following the suicide of the author of the idea of hoisting lamps.
Russian charge d’affaires mentioned the other day that his Government thought
granting of the Urmia concession might well synchronise with the granting to us of
the Kerman mining concession.
(Repeated to St. Petersburgh.)

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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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