1203 A. H.
[2nd October, 1788—20th September, 1789.]

IT was in this year, I believe, that Sulaiman Shikoh, who is now in Lucknow, came there, and 5,000 rupees a month were assigned him for his expenses, and Khánzád Khán, an associate of his, undertook the management of his household.

Haidar Beg, although he had for some years dis­established the courts of law and kept Rájá Jagan Nàth on parole, and though he hated the very name of civil law, in this year invested with the functions of the Civil Judge Hirde Naráyan, brother of Maha Naráyan, who has been mentioned in the beginning of these pages. This Hirde Naráyan is a very insignifi­cant and obscure man, and his appearance affords no indication that he is of good family or has lived in good surroundings. Still, if Haidar Beg only supported him, he could manage an office better than Tikait Rai and his subordinates. But after his investiture with the office, which was, so to speak, a joke and satire, no business was entrusted to him, so that, in fact, he is hard up and at his wits’ end for forty or fifty rupees for his necessary expenses.