This year commenced on Thursday, the 27th Ramazán. * * About this time, a letter arrived from the Prince Sultán Dániyál, reporting that (Malik) Ambar had collected his troops in Bidar, and had gained a victory over a party which had been sent to oppose him by Malik Baríd. After exacting tribute from him, Malik Ambar successfully attacked the Kutbu-l Mulkí terri­tories, and then proceeding towards Telingána, had besieged Mír Murtazá in Pathrí. The Prince, therefore, to prevent his junction with the son of Sháh 'Alí in Ahmadnagar, had de­tached the Khán-khánán against him, while Shaikh Abú-l Fazl was ordered against Rájú.

Prince Salím.

It has already been related, that His Highness the Prince Sultán Salím had set out against the Rájá of Ajmír, attended by a train of followers countless as the stars. But as Akbar had now heard of the disturbances in Bengal, he had countermanded the Prince, and directed him to unite his forces with those of Rájá Mán Singh, to reduce these Eastern rebels, and that the Prince deferred his departure, and merely hunted towards Allahábád.

When the Emperor was at Akbarábád (Ágra), the Prince wrote to request the honour of an audience, and proceeded as far as Etáwa for the purpose; but here doubts were suggested to him by some ill-inclined persons, and he feared to advance any further. His Majesty was no sooner made aware of this circum­stance, than he wrote to the Prince, that “if he were earnest in his wish to pay his respects, he ought to display his confidence by doing so alone, and dismiss his attendants to their jágírs; if, on the contrary, suspicion withheld him, he had better retire to Allahábád, there to re-assure his heart, and repair to Court when he was able to do so with full trust and confidence.” The Prince, alarmed at this kind yet disdainful communication, instantly despatched Mír Sadr-i Jahán, who was the chief justiciary of the Imperial dominions, and His Majesty's agent with the Prince, to his august father, charged with the most submissive apology, and referring to the Mír's own observation in testimony of his sense of duty and allegiance. He then set out towards Allahábád, and meanwhile an Imperial farmán was issued, in­vesting him with the government of Bengal and Orissa, and directing him to despatch his officers to take possession of those two provinces. Rájá Mán Singh was, at the same time, ordered to transfer the provinces, and to return to Court.

Defeat of Malik Ambar.

A splendid victory was gained by the Khán-khánán over Ambar. It had been reported by Mír Murtazá and Sher Khwája, that Ambar had been joined by Farhád with 2000 horse, and had strengthened himself in Nandeir. The Khán determined to send his own son, Mirzá Írich, with a body of brave followers, against him. As fate had ordained the day of punishment for Ambar to approach, he was sufficiently bold to draw out his forces, and prepare for battle in the vicinity of Nandeir. Mirzá Írich, chafing at his insolence, marshalled his brave forces and attacked him. The centre and left soon bore down their opponents, and if the right had in like manner gained the same honourable title to fame, it is most probable that the whole of the enemy would have been taken, and the sedition quelled at once. Even as it was, twenty elephants, with all the enemy's equipage, were taken.