Exalted son, I knew you to be (a man) of great sense and of good disposition in everything. (Verse) “May God protect your handsome face from an evil eye.” It is strange that you have dismissed Muhammad Beg Khán* and given the ‘faujdárship’* of Sorath* to Sheer Andáz Khán. The results of personal and able affairs of mankind are clear. (Verse) “The outward appearance of a man is a mirror for his heart (i.e., the character of a man can be judged from his outward appearance).” Here in Sorath Kūtbūdin,* the noble ‘Panj-Hazári,’ had been appointed. I won’t take any objection if you appoint Saiyad Kamál* and Saiyad Mūrád, who are honoured and respected, in this province, to some extent. Under any circumstance, the ‘faujdárship’ of the above province, together with districts connected with this province, are given to you in ‘jághir.’ You should appoint over them a faithful servant whom you consider worthy (of the post). If Amán Alláh Beg* and Bahádūr Beg Sherváni can induce themselves to be away from you, apparently you will entrust them with the ‘faujdári’. Honesty and ability play the greatest part in the management of political and financial affairs. The unfit and selfish are many; while the worthy and true are very few. His Majesty, having his abode in heaven (i.e., Akbar, Aurungzebe’s great grandfather), had (many) faithful servants. He entrusted them with (the work of gaining) successive victories and (of performing) many affairs. And in the time of His Majesty (Sháh Jehán) there came for­ward many brave and faithful servants, well-behaving officers, and able secretaries. Notwithstanding so many faithful servants, His Majesty, with his holy personality, looked after the transaction of (state) affairs very carefully. I remember that when His Majesty sent Mūrád Bakhsha* to Balkh in order to conquer the provinces of our ancestors, an army registrar was wanted. Twenty persons, employed or unemployed (in the state), applied for this post. Now I want a true and able man for the ministership of Bengál; but I find none.* Alas! alas! for the rarity of useful men.