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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎88r] (180/452)

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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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CONFIDENTIAL
Sir Edward Grey to Sir W. Townley {Tehran).
^ Foreign Office, February 18, 1913, 7‘30 p.al
• YOUR telegram No. 74
The reason against the sentence referred to under ( 1 ) in my telegram No. 86
is that it definitely binds syndicate to build at their own expense and
responsibility, i.e , without a guarantee, whereas preceding sentence leaves that point
open for future settlement. To exclude definitely at this stage all idea of
guarantee obviously renders the option nugatory and valueless. As to addition at end
of letter, syndicate are prepared to accept wording of provision desired by Persian
Government, as reported in the last paragraph of your telegram No. 74 ,
but they must insist on the following further sentence : “ If local political difficulties, of
a nature to impede the operations of the survey party, arise, the period during which
necessary data are to be submitted by the syndicate shall be correspondingly extended.”
I consider the present desiderata of the syndicate eminently reasonable, and you
should do your utmost to ensure their early acceptance by the Persian Government.
1 he failure to reach a satisfactory arrangement is very regrettable! - ''
n p o v to o t | ^
21 FEB 1913
SEC! : v* • M? 8
[282—487]

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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 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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