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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎134r] (272/452)

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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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CONFIDENTIAL.
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(No. 32.)
Su W . Townley to Sir hdivard Grey.—{Received January 26, 7 p.m.)
Tehran, January 26, 1913.
\v .. (January 20, 7 p.m.)
lor X Gi-eign Aflairs assures me that he is confident that the matter will be settled
within the week. His Excellency says that British proposal would be much more
acceptable it it could be announced that the line would be carried on to Hamadan
but he expresses earnest desire that, should any negotiations in this sense be opened’
it should not transpire that this is the wish of the Persian Government.
\\ hilst discussing this question Minister for Foreign Affairs impressed on me most
earnestly that Persian Government have immediate need of 600,000h as an advance
upon the loan, which it is hoped will be for 6 , 000 , 000 Z., to be paid in five annual
instalments of 1 , 200 , 000 J. each.
On my asking whether the advance asked for on account of the Ears gendarmerie
was to form part of 300,000Z. [sic] which it is hoped that His Majesty’s Government
will advance, he said that Persian Government would prefer that this should be
separate advance payable out of the second instalment of loan, the 600,000Z. wanted
l^OOOOOZ bemg COnsidered as th ® first half of the first annual instalment of
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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)
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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