Digitised Legal Documents from the Indo-Persian World

Order of Nawazish Khan to Purshottam Das regarding the grant of a house

Nawazish Khan orders that landlord (chaudhri) Purshottam Das should have possession of a mansion (haveli). After tearing down the mansion, he should send the wood from it to the Lord.

Functional document type: Orders

Formal document type: Parvana

Themes: Building and Construction, Grants, Natural Resources, Petitioning

Hijri-qamri calendar: 26 Zi al-hijja 1070
Gregorian calendar: 2 September 1660

[Page 1r]

invocation (top centre): Arabic

الله اکبر

God is great

authorisation (right margin): Persian

[نوازش] خان مرید حضرت محمد اورنگ زیب عالم گیر [باد] شاه غازی ۱۰۷۰

[Round black ink seal] [Nawazish] Khan disciple of Lord Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir [Bad]shah Ghazi 10701

main text: Persian

1زبدة الاقران پرسوتم چودری پرگنه دهار بعنایت و مهربانی امیدوار
2بوده بداند که درینولا بعرض رسید که حویلی که در ان بولاقیچند می بود
3متعلقه او است لهذا از روی عنایت حویلی مذکور باو مرحمت فرمودیم
4 باید که حویلی مزبور مسمار نموده چوب انچه باشد بحضور برساند و
5بدستور سابق انجا را متصرف شود و بدولتخواهی و کفایت
6سرکار مقید و سرگرم باشد درین باب نهایت
7تاکید دانسته از [فرموده] تخلف نورزد تحریر فی التاریخ ۲۶ دی حجه سنه ۱۰۷۰ فقط فقط

1Eminent among Contemporaries Purshottam [Das] chaudhri of pargana Dhar , being hopeful of favour and kindness,
2know that at this time it was petitioned that the haveli in which Bulaqi Chand was [living],
3belongs to him [i.e., Purshottam Das ]. Therefore, by way of assistance, we ordered the aforesaid haveli [to be] presented to him.
4It is necessary that the aforesaid haveli is torn down [and] however much wood there shall be, is sent to the Lord. And
5according to past custom that place shall be taken into his possession and he shall be engaged and
6occupied with loyalty towards and prosperity of the government. In this matter
7knowing it firmly settled, do not neglect to do what is ordered. Written on the date 26 Zi al-hijja year 1070 . Nothing further. Nothing further.

invocation (right margin): Arabic


He [God] is

authorisation (right margin): Persian

حسب المسطور مقرر [شناسند] فقط

[Know] it appointed as written. Nothing further.

[Page 1v]

clerical notes (right margin): Persian

1نقل [سیاهه]
2بتاریخ ۲۷ دی الحجه سنه ۱۰۷۰
3نقلدفتر دیوان [رسید]

1Register copy
2On the date 27 Zi al-hijja year 1070
3a copy reached the daftar of the diwan.

later addition (top right): Persian

پروانه بنام چودری پرسوتمداس در باب معافی حویلی

Parvana in the name of chaudhri Purshottam Das regarding a tax-exempt haveli

later addition (top left): Hindi

प्रवानो बा॰ माफ हवेली

Parvana [regarding] a tax-free haveli


1. A very clear impression of the same seal is found on Order of Nawazish Khan to Purshottam Das granting a house. Gaps in the reading of the seal impression are supplied through comparison. [BACK]

emperor (alternately, padshah)

religious warrior; an honorific

landlord (similar to desai, deshmukh)





register (particularly in the compound "daftar-khana," also refers to a record-keeping office and repository)

Head of imperial or provincial revenue department, or manager of finances in a noble's household


landlord (similar to desai, deshmukh)





Issuer: Nawazish Khan
Recipient: Purshottam Das




Choudhary Family Collection, Bada Raola Dhar, no shelfmark
Archival Collection: Purshottam Das collection

Transcribed from manuscript image.

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