To the NABOB RUNMUST KHÂN; dated—————.*

[AFTER compliments]........ Your letter, informing me of your welfare, was delivered by Khâjeh Lûtfûllah, and afforded me much pleasure. I have also learned, from the said Khâjeh, the particulars which you entrusted to his verbal communication. Of the eleven lacks of rupees, to which I had a just claim, I have been induced, by conside­ration for the attachment which that friend has so long borne to me, as well as for the sake of the true faith, and on account of the eminence of your family,* to remit four lacks: you must, therefore, put the remain­ing seven lacks of rupees in a speedy course of payment, by which means our mutual regard and friendship will be augmented. Further particulars will be imparted to you by the above-named Khâjeh. Continue always to afford me the satisfaction of hearing of your welfare. For the rest, may you be joyful!


Runmust Khân was a Patan chieftain, who possessed the district of Kurnool.* Hyder Ali compelled him to agree to an annual tribute; though he was, at the same time, a feudatory of the Nizâm, to whom, when required, he was bound to render military service. By the partition treaty of 1792, his son and successor, Alif Khân, was released from his dependence on Tippoo Sultan, and the tribute payable to the latter transferred to the Nizâm; by whom (if I mistake not) it was ceded to the East-India Company, by the treaty of 1800. For a more particular account of the dynasty the reader is referred to Appendix, G.