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File 240/1913 'Mohammerah - Khoremabad Railway; the Khor Musa agreement' [‎170r] (344/452)

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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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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty's Government.]
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lr___XPecember 9.]
Section 2.
[52324] No. 1.
Foreign Ojjice to Persian Railways Syndicate.
^ ir ’ ^ Foreign Ojjice, December 9, 1912.
SIR E. GREY has had under careful consideration the revised drafts of clause 4* of
your proposed railway contract with the Persian Government.
He considers that it is preferable to make no specific mention of the Sheikh of
Mohammerah ; and he has caused the accompanying further draft to he prepared on the
basis of article 'S of the contract for the oil concession granted to Mr. d’Arcy in 1901.
Sir E. Grey would be glad to learn whether you agree with the article as now
redrafted, in which case he will telegraph the text to His Majesty’s Minister at Tehran.
I am, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Draft of Article 4.
THE Imperial Persian Government makes a free grant to the syndicate of all the
uncultivated lands belonging to the State which the syndicate’s engineers shall deem
necessary for the construction of all or a part of the works in question,"and the syndicate
shall be authorised to take on such lands and/or any other lands belonging to the State
free of cost the timber, materials, &c., which may be required for the construction or
maintenance of such works. As for the cultivated lands belonging to the Government
the syndicate must buy them at an equitable price, and one which is the current market
F lce ln . province. The Imperial Government grants also to the syndicate the right
d ^ °\ acquiring^ all other lands or buildings necessary for the same object, with t ho-consent
of the proprietors, on conditions to be settled between the syndicate and the proprietors
on the understanding that the latter shall not be able to raise any claims of such a
nature as to enhance the ordinary current prices for lands situated in their respective
districts. r
nr . In tlie ev^nt of any difference between the syndicate and the Government as to the 01 c ' -• *"
\ T* F 10 ,? ^eed for the purchase of any zones or strips of land as provided in this clause, it ' v.L.vfi/
shall be referred by the syndicate and' the Government jointly to the decision of the-
British Munster at Tehran^who shall have power to decide whether any price proposed / 0 .
to be paid is reasonable, having regard to all the circumstances. Holy places and alU .
their dependencies within a radius of 200 Persian archins are formally excluded from ’ ^ u Ov
tins clause, except in cases where the local ecclesiastical authorities otherwise expressly
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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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