Digitised Legal Documents from the Indo-Persian World

Order of a Mughal official to Purshottam Das granting him a house and giving further instructions

Following communication from a carpenter called Hamid, Purshottam Das is granted a house, but he is instructed to demolish it, then send the wood to the authorities and pay 150 rupees as tribute.

Functional document type: Orders

Formal document type: Parvana

Themes: Building and Construction, Natural Resources, Petitioning, Property, Taxation and Tribute

Hijri-qamri calendar: 28 Zi al-qaʿda 1070
Gregorian calendar: 5 August 1660

[Page 1r]

invocation (top centre): Arabic

الله اکبر

God is great

authorisation (right margin): Persian

[Circular black ink seal that is illegible]

main text: Persian

1زبدة الاقران پرسوتم چودری پرگنه دهار بعنایت و مهربانی امیدوار
2بوده بداند که درینولا حامد معمار بعرض رساند که او خدمت خوب کرده
3 مجری او شد حسب الالتماس او حویلی که در آنجا بولاقیچند می بود
4باو مرحمت فرمودیم باید که بموجب قرار داد خود حویلی مذکور مسمار نموده
5چوب آنچه باشد بحضور برساند و مرمت پشت تالاب بعهده خود
6دانسته زود سرانجام دهد و مبلغ یکصد و پنجاه روپیه که
7برای حویلی مذکور پیشکش قرار کرده بحضور ارسال نماید
8و در دولتخواهی و کفایت سرکار و تردد آبادانی و کشتکار
9زراعت خود را معاف و مقصر ندارد درین باب
10نهایت تاکید دانسته از فرموده تخلف نورزد
11تحریر فی التاریخ ۲۸ ذی قعده سنه ۱۰۷۰ فقط فقط

1Eminent among Contemporaries Purshottam [Das] chaudhri of pargana Dhar, having hoped for kindness,
2should know that recently the builder Hamid has petitioned that having done good work,
3he has completed the job. According to his petition, I have kindly given the house over there that used to belong to Bulaqi Chand
4to him [i.e. Purshottam Das].1 It is necessary that according to his own agreement, the said house should be destroyed2 [and]
5whatever wood is available is sent to the Lord, and knowing the repair of the rear of the tank as his own responsibility,
6he shall finish the work quickly. And he shall send 150 rupees,
7which is settled as the tribute for the house, to his Lordship.
8And in the loyalty and support of the government and the organization of populating and agriculture,
9he shall not consider himself exempt in the least. Knowing this matter
10to be fully settled, do not neglect to do what is ordered.
11Written on the date of 28 Zi al-qaʿda [in the] year 1070. Nothing further. Nothing further.

invocation (right margin): Arabic


He [God] is

authorisation (right margin): Persian

حسب المسطور مقرر شناسد تاکید
تمام دارند فقط

Know all that is written to be settled and
fully confirmed. Nothing further.3


1. Grammatically, it is unclear to whom the pronoun او in 'his petition' and 'to him' refer. Based on social status and the subsequent document regarding the grant of a house, it appears the house was given to Purshottam Das. [BACK]

2. It is very strange that the order is to destroy a house but the order is similar to that in '1660 Order of Nawazish Khan to Purshottam Das granting a house'. Perhaps old houses were being destroyed. [BACK]

3. Near this authorisation an office note on the verso appears faintly. However, an image of the verso was not supplied so this note cannot be read. [BACK]

landlord (similar to desai, deshmukh)



Recipient: Purshottam Das




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

Transcribed from manuscript image.

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