§ 20. Prince Azam punished for quarrelling with the Superintendent of his harem.

Bahroz Khan, the nazir of the deorhi of Prince Muhammad Azam Shah, reported to the Emperor, “The prince has behaved badly towards Nur-un-nisa, the mahaldar, as he did not take her with himself [in his visit] to the imperial garden at Ahmadabad. The mahaldar sent a letter outside [the harem to me] forbidding the prince's journey. So, this slave (i.e., the writer) came and stopped the riding out of the prince, in the absence of any order [from the Emperor]. The prince expelled the mahaldar from his assembly (majlis).” The Emperor wrote this order:—“The mansabdars appointed [to that province] and Khwajah Quli Khan with his own troops and the Rajah of Narwar, should co-operate and prevent the prince from riding out or giving audience, pending the arrival of order from me.”

Next day, when the prince got news of it, he sent a petition through his sister, Padishah Begam, begging pardon for his offences, and enclosing an agreement to a compromise sealed with the seals of the nazir and the mahaldar. On the petition the Emperor wrote:—“I refrain from transferring your mahals (i.e., jagir). But if no pecuniary punishment is inflicted, you will retain the audacity to do this sort of work again. Fifty thousand Rupees should be taken from the cash salary of this short-sighted, base-minded and foolish son, into the public treasury as punishment for this offence.”

Text.–Ir. MS. 4a & b, MS. N. 5a & b.

Notes.–Prince Azam was subahdar of Gujrat from the middle of 1701 to November, 1705. Padishah Begam was the title of his sister Zinat-un-nisa.