Digitised Legal Documents from the Indo-Persian World

Order of an official to Purshottam Das to come to Ujjain

The landlord (chaudhri) Purshottam Das is instructed to appear in Ujjain regarding the affairs of a district (pargana). The endorsement in the margin urges the proper management of that district. While undated, the document is from the lifetime of Purshottam Das.

Functional document type: Orders

Formal document type: Parvana

Themes: Administration, Disputes, Records

Gregorian calendar: 1659 – 1684

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invocation (top centre): Arabic


He [God] is

authorisation (right margin): Persian

[عالم گیر]

[Round black ink seal] [Alamgir]

main text: Persian

1زبده الاقران پرسوتم داس چودهری پرگنه دهار را انهاء آنکه
2خطی که فرستاده بود بمُطالعه در آمد انچه از حقیقت پته سیتاپوری
3نوشته بود ظاهر شد عنقریب که اینجانب بدار الفتح اوجین
4میرسد آن زبده الاقران در اوجین آمده حاضر شود
5که چودریان و قانونگویان پرگنه لوانی را نیز بحضور طلب داشته
6بحقیقت طرفین وارسیده هرچه حق و نفس الامر خواهد بود
7مقرر کرده خواهد شد ___ زیاده چه نگاشته شود فقط

1Eminent among Contemporaries Purshottam Das chaudhri of pargana Dhar is informed that
2the letter that [you] had sent has come to our attention. That which you have written about the facts of the patta of Sitapuri
3has become known. Shortly, when this party [the author] reaches the Abode of Victory Ujjain,
4that Eminent among Contemporaries should come to Ujjain and present himself
5[so] that, the chaudhris and qanungos of pargana Lawani also being summoned to the Lord,
6[and] the facts of the two parties being obtained, whatever [matter] will be right and true
7will be confirmed. ___ What more shall be written? Nothing further.

authorisation (right margin): Persian

1مکرر آنکه چون پرگنه مذکور
2بخالصه والا تعلق گرفته تا بر هر
3طریقه راستی و درستی را پیش گرفته در لوازم
4دولتخهاهی و نیکو خدمتی و افزونی کشتکار [چند قرار]
5بکار برد [هر] باعث محبات او درین است فقط

1It is repeated that since the aforementioned pargana
2had been taken into the khalisa so that in each
3manner righteousness and correctness are exhibited, [and] for the necessary things of
4loyalty towards the government and good service and the increase of agriculture, [several qarars]
5shall be drawn up. [Every] cause of his affection is in this. Nothing further.

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later addition (top centre): Persian

نمبر ۴۱

Number 41

landlord (similar to desai, deshmukh)


deed of land rights (This can be a deed of lease or a deed of gift. It is also sometimes used for deeds for official posts.)

landlord (similar to desai, deshmukh)

record-keeper (similar to deshpande)



in Mughal parlance, crown land that was directly managed by the central government (also khalsa in Rajasthani and Hindi usage)

an agreement or contract


Recipient: Purshottam Das




Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, LNS 235 MS z
Archival Collection: Purshottam Das collection

Transcribed from manuscript image.

Edited by Elizabeth Thelen

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