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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎97r] (198/452)

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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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Article 6.
The Imperial Persian Government authorises the concessionnaire to form a
preliminary company to exploit this concession, the object of which company, after
Approving the minerals to a sufficient extent by working, shall be to form one or more
working company or companies for the working of this concession or any part or parts
thereof, and to transfer this concession or any part thereof, and all or any of the rights
thereunder, to such preliminary company, and such preliminary company shall have the
right to retransfer the same to any one or more of such working companies. The name
“ statuts ” and capital of any and each such company shall be fixed by the
Article 7.
Any preliminary company that may be formed by the concessionnaire to exploit
this concession shall guarantee the payment to the Imperial Persian Government by
each company which may thereafter be formed to acquire any of the rights granted
by this concession of a royalty of 10 per cent, of the net profits to be derived by each
such company respectively from working the mines, tramways, or other property or
rights which may be acquired by such company, the intention being that in no case
shall such royalty be payable more than once in respect of th'e same profits.
Article 8.
The workmen employed in the service of the company or companies shall be
subjects of His Imperial Majesty the Shah, except the technical staff such as the
managers, engineers, foremen, mechanics, &c.
Article 9.
The 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 this 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 Imperial 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.
Article 10.
On the expiration of the term of the present concession, all materials, buildings, and
apparatuses then used by the company or companies for the exploitation 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.
Article 11.
In the event of any dispute or difference arising between the parties to the present
concession in 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. The
decision of the arbitrators, or, in the event of the latter disagreeing, that of the umpire,
shall be final.
Article 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.
Tehran of the Hegire (that is to say) , 1913.

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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.

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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