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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎44v] (93/452)

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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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territory. I cannot conceive that any Medjliss would accept such a position, and, o±
course, the Persian Cabinet under the Constitution are not empowered to deal with the
railway question at all, powers for this purpose being specially reserved to the Medjliss,
as our chairman has already pointed out in his letter to the Foreign Office. In the
absence of the Medjliss, the political situation in Persia is wholly irregular ; but the
building of Russian railways in Persian territory with the forced concurrence of the
Persian Cabinet, is such a serious step that I am extremely sorry to see that it is
passing without protest by the Government. 1 still hope that such protest will be
made, and that steps will be taken to render it effective. The issue of Persian State
bonds for the construction of railways is a vastly different matter from the Bagdad
Railway terms, against which our Foreign Office has protested in the past. That was
the principle accepted by Mr. Shuster, whom nobody would accuse of neglecting the
interests of Persia, and it ought to govern the construction both of the railway in the
north and of that in the south. I can see no reason why the Persian Government
should not be invited to settle that question at once. Preparations could then be made
for issues of Persian State bonds to meet the expenses of the survey and construction
of the lines decided upon.
Under these circumstances I trust that our chairman may be able to persuade the
Foreign Office at least to make it clear to the Persian Government that the terms now
offered are accepted on the understanding that the conditions upon which railways
are to be constructed in Persia shall receive their early consideration. I cannot see
why we should have to wait two years for a decision on this point.
Having this in mind, I should recommend the deletion of the words “ in order to
arrive at a decision in the matter and to draw up the necessary conditions, a preliminary
survey is necessary.” These words seem to me to be quite unnecessary. I should also
leave out the words four lines on, “ after the completion of the survey,” and make it
read, “ on condition that if the Persian Government should decide.”
Yours sincerely,

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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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