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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎56r] (116/452)

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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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syndicate to receive 15 per cent, net receipts, with minimum 15,000L per annum, to
start from date line opened to public traffic.
4 Referring to your telegram 27th, addition to clause 22 likely to create difficulties,
recommends citizen United States only. Consider all other terms practically agreed.
C°py of Telegram sent to Mr. D. Brown, Tehran, October 3, 1911.
Referring to your telegram the 30th, syndicate cannot possibly entertain no
remuneration during construction, nor is it reasonable for Persian Government to
assume that they can contract on largely more favourable terms than Russia, Turkey,
Argentine, Brazil, Chile, &c. Last word is syndicate will agree to accept 2J per cent,
to be included in contractors’ profits, making 12 J per cent, in all, or alternatively
15,0001. per annum during construction, in either case syndicate taking bonds 871. 10s.
and retaining profit on bond issue, if any, and receiving 15 per cent, net receipts,
with minimum of 15,000L per annum from date line opened. Clause 22 highly
desirable include British Government, but if treasurer-general find this quite
impossible we agree to citizen United States, only some provision is necessary for
other loans if any bearing pro rata proportion of salary. Draft contract concession,
p. 16, line 3, after “lawful Government,” insert “or by intertribal disturbances.”
Draft contract concession, p. 8 , line 30, after “bond,” insert “and in making up any
deficit on working of railway.”
Referring to your telegram the 25th, it will be necessary to decide gauge before
survey, but we think treasurer-general’s condition covers this, therefore unnecessary
stipulate in contract.
Copy of Telegram received from Mr. D. Brown, October 16, 1911.
Owing to cold reception by Cabinet and strong objection leader Parliament
against Khoremabad treasurer-general will not submit contract to Parliament, but
will ask Parliament authorise him to make contracts for construction of line from
Julfa to Mohammerah on the basis of terms and conditions arranged with us.

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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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