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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎28r] (60/452)

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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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PERSIA.
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[March 1.]
CONFIDENTIAL.
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Section 4.
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No. 1.
Mr, Greenway to Foreign Office.—(Received March 1.)
gi r Winchester House, Old Broad Street, February 27, 1913.
WITH reference to my interview of the 25th instant with Sir Louis Mallet, I
yesterday saw the Honourable Cecil Baring and Lord Errington with regard to the
proposal that the Persian Railway Syndicate and the Societe d’Etude should in some
way co-operate in respect of the proposed railway from Bunder Abbas to Shiraz.
We fully discussed the position of the various Persian railway schemes and 1
placed before them the following proposal:—
1. That they shall admit the Persian Railway Syndicate to a two-fifths participation
in the five-ninths share which it is proposed that the British group shall hold in the
southern section of the proposed trans-Persian railway.
2. That in consideration of this the Persian Railway Syndicate shall transfer to the
Societe d’Etude their interest in the railway from Bunder Abbas to Shiraz.
3. That as a further consideration, and also in order to secure a more complete
consolidation of interests between the British group of the Societe d’Etude and
ourselves, we should admit Messrs. Baring Brothers and their British associates to a
one-third interest in the Persian Railway Syndicate by increasing the capital of the
latter to 45,000/. of which they would be allowed to subscribe one-third.
I also explained to them the position and objects of the Persian Mining Syndicate
and the connection between this syndicate and the Railway Syndicate, and offered to
admit them to a one-third share in the former should they desire to take any participa
tion in it.
I pointed out to them that the proposals made by me in regard to the amalgamation
of our respective railway interests would give them an equal interest in the proposed
purely British railways (viz., Mohammerah to Khoremabad and Bunder Abbas to Kerman)
to that which they now hold in the trans-Persian Syndicate, and, therefore that the
arrangement was an advantageous one from all points of view, inasmuch as it would
permit of the construction of railways in Southern Persia being proceeded with in the
order of their importance and remunerative possibilities, without regard to the
predominance of any particular British interests in any one line.
They seemed to consider the proposals that I placed before them very'reasonable,
and said that after consulting with their British colleagues they would let me know
their views.
I have, &c.
0. GREEN WAY.
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Content

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)
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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