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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎53r] (110/452)

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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.

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may be acquired by such company, the intention being that in no case shah such
royalty be payable more than once in respect of the same profits.
Ai t. 8 . J he workmen employed by the company or companies shall as far as possible
be subjects of His Imperial Majesty the Shah, except the technical staff, such as the
managers, engineers, foremen, mechanics, &c.
Art. .). fhe Imperial Government binds itself to take all and any necessary
measures to facilitate and to secure the safety and the carrying out of the objects of
iis concession and of the lands, buildings, and other property of the concessionnaire,
and to protect the representatives, agents, and servants of the ‘ concessionnaire, and of
any companies formed to acquire or work the said concession or any part thereof. The
mpenal Government having thus fulfilled its engagements, the concessionnaire and the
companies created by him shall not have any power under any pretext whatever to claim
damages from the Persian Government.
r u ^ ie ex pi ra ti on of the term of the present concession ail materials,
buildings, and apparatuses then used by the company or companies for the exploita
tion of its or their industry shall become the property of the said Government, and the
company or companies shall have no right to any indemnity in this connection.
^ th e event of any r dispute or difference arising between the parties to
the present concession m respect of its interpretation or the rights or responsibilities of
either of the parties therefrom resulting, such dispute or difference shall be submitted
to two arbitrators at Tehran, one of whom shall be named by each of the parties, and to
an umpire, who shall be appointed by the arbitrators before they proceed to arbitrate.
I he decision of the arbitrators or, in the event of the latter disagreeing, that of the
umpire shall be final.
Art. 12 . This act of concession made in duplicate is written in the English language
and translated into Persian with the same meaning, but, in the event of there being
any dispute as to the meaning, the English text shall alone prevail.
Done in duplicate at Tehran this
day of
1910.
Enclosure 2 in No. 1 .
fl Q c
,/v. i i vv v f/ ' Draft Mining Concession in Southern Persia.
LE Gouvernement de Sa Majeste Imperiale le Schah, voulant accorder son appui cl
une entreprise utile a la prosperity du pays et destinee k faire decouvrir et mettre en
valeur les richesses minieres de son sol, accorde dans ce but une concession a
(ci-dessous designe par les mots “ le concessionnaire,’’ qui comprendront
egalement ses ayants droit) moyennant les clauses et conditions qui suivent, dont le
texte formera contrat et engagement entre le Gouvernement Imperial et ledit conces
sionnaire.
Article l er . Le Gouvernement Imperial accorde, pour la duree de yingt annees,
a partir de la date de la signature de la presente concession, le droit et privilege'
exclusif.de r 6 c herche de toutes mines et mineraux (sauf ceux ci-dessous exceptes)
qui seraient situes dans la zone suivante :—
Sont expressement exceptees les mines d’or, de pierres precieuses, de chaux et pierre
a chaux, de gypse et pierres k platre, d argile, de kaolin, de marbre et pierres a batir, de
sable et de sel gemme.
Sont egalement exceptees les mines d’asphalte, ozokerite et gaz naturel, concedees
par lacte du 28 mai, 1901, et toutes cedes qui se trouveraient actuellement en etat
d exploitation reguliere et legale on qui auraient ete concedees anterieurement a la date
du present contrat.
Les travaux de recherche et de decouverte ci-dessus concydees se feront aux frais,
risques en perils du concessionnaire et moyennant une juste et equitable reparation
aux dommages que ces travaux pourraient yventuellement causer h la surface du sol,
soit dans les terrains appartenant a des particuliers, soil dans les terrains cultives,
boises oil construits appartenant a I’Etat. Le cas ycheant, fappreciation du dommage
sera fixye de commun accord entre les parties interessees on, k defaut de cet accord, par
deux experts nommes fun par le Gouvernement Imperial 1’autre par le concessionnaire.
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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 A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

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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