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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎122r] (248/452)

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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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•Sir Edward Grey to Sir G. Buchanan (St. Petersburgh).
(N °'llR W R ' TOWNLEY’S telegram’£ of^" 4 > 1913 > 10 P - M '
of ^r“^ a K S L haVe r:r UniCated a protesting against conditions
approx^maT to \l,ose or^ T ^ Urging that COIlditio » s should
pp ximate to those of the Julfa-Tabnz concession, and further asking that an
exchange ot views should take place between ourselves and the Russian Government'
and thatTshonlTth "f AffairS that 1 cord ' a % this proposal,
and that I should therefore be glad .o know the conditions of the Russian concession
m 0 Ie \Vith CIil y the arra ''g ements for securing equality of freight rates,
the varilus norntt f ?P hamnlerah . concession, I am replying to Russian Embassy on
stLe-e PerL P n r- f d al i r f lSe 1 d J tl ! eir mem orandum, and I recognise that, at'this
than those ofhbe R S ‘° U d I10t ^ ^ led d ° Wn t0 more ouel 'ous financial clauses
Minister at TeL R T ' 1 concession .In the meantime I am authorising His Majesty’s
M ister at Tehran to accept an option from the Persian Government for the
x hammerah line, on condition that, pending settlement of the terms of the concession
and^hlTthep 6 8 y ndl p te sha11 not bf involved in any financial outlay on the survey,
Z engints enXdtLhTuTve; ilff ° rd their ex P ense ade ^ ate protection f"
Your Excellency might suggest to Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs that a
similar course should be adopted with regard to the Russian concession from Julfa to
thtmatter at Tehran " 88 ' 811 BntlSh G ° Vernments ma y act “ complete harmony in
«!oc;^ 0 ^>iN 0U ! d ad u- t u at Ma J est y’s Government are now making proposals to the
.vlitrL' Etudes , wlllch Wl11 hasten the operations of that syndicate, and that detailed
nstructions are being posted to you this week so that you may enter into definite
negotiations with the Russian Government.
(Repeated to Tehran, No. 59 .)

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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.

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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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