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Extract from the Proceedings of the Governor-General in Council in the Revenue Department, dated the 26th May, 1784.
Read the following petitions of Mohesh Dutt Shaw," and paper accompanying Arzee of Babu Mahesh Dutt Shaw, Zemindar of Pergannah Husseypore, etc., and nephew of Futtay Shaw.
"In the Fuslie year 1189, by my good fortune, the Hon'ble the Governor-General honoured the City of Benares with his presence, when having obtained an interview I presented a petition to him, acquainting him with my situation and requesting a sunnud for my Zemindaree and malikana. I afterwards accompanied him to Patna, where he took me by the hand and recommended me to Mr. Charters, desiring him to visit Husseypore, etc., and after examining into the nature of my case to report an account thereof to him. Mr. Charters accordingly took me with him, and proceeded to the said pergannah, and having investigated my title amongst the pergannah officers, said: "The Zemindary is your right, and you shall receive a sunnud for the Zemindary and malikana from the Supreme Council." On this I deputed my Vakeel to wait on the Board, before whom he laid a petition representing my case and requesting a sunnud for the Zemindary and malikana, and agreeable thereto, on the 18th Pous of the Bengal year 1189, or 20th December 1782, a publication of three months' limitation was issued, the term of which has expired, and even a twelve months' more without any claimant appearing. Besides your petitioner, there is no heir or legal pretender to this Zemindary."
(A true translation.)
(Sd.) J. H. HARINGTON.
P. T. Revenue Department.
Agreed that a copy thereof be referred, with the following letter,
to the Committee of Revenue.
MR. SAMUEL CHARTERS,
Acting President and Member of the Committee of Revenue.
Enclosed we transmit you the copy of a petition which we have received from Mohesh Dutt Shaw, and we desire you will report to us, whether there is any objection to our granting him a sunnud for the Zemindary and Malikana villages which he lays claim to.
We are, &c.,
(Sd.) R. W. TILGHMAN,
Officiating Deputy Secretary to Government.
Extracts from the Proceedings of the Governor-General in Council in the Revenue Department, dated the 2nd November, 1784.
Read the following letter and enclosure from the Committee of Revenue, dated the 28th October, 1784.
THE HON'BLE WARREN HASTINGS, ESQ.,
HON'BLE SIR & SIRS,
Governor-General and in Council, Fort William.
We have now the honor to reply to your letter of the 26th May last, enclosing a petition from Moheshdutt Shaw, and requesting us to inform you if any objection existed to granting him a sunnud for the Malikana and Zemindary of Hosseypore to which he laid claim.
The enquiries we were under the necessity of making prevented an earlier reply on our part. It appears by an explanation afforded by the Collector of Sircar Saran, that Moheshdutt Shaw is the greatgrandson of the original proprietor of Husseypore, Raja Kurtal Shaw. That Futtay Shaw, a grandson of Kurtal Shaw, succeeds the zemindary on the death of his brother, Seebdown Shaw, and in consequence of the exclusion of Futty Shaw and his family for defection, Moheshdutt Shaw is the next heir in succession for the inheritance.
On these grounds his claims are founded, but his succession to the zemindary is rather in our opinion to be considered as a matter of favour than as a right, and the objection to complying with the prayer of his petition arises on motives of policy and are as follows: That it might induce Futty Shaw, who has frequently committed depredations in the Company's Territories, to renew them, obstruct the Collector and probably endanger the life of Moheshdutt. Basant Shaw was actually murdered by Futtay Shaw on suspicion only of his having engaged with Government for rents.
The army grant of Malikana villages will be a deduction from the Revenue of Government, and in the present instance will, according to the usage of the district, amount to about Rs. 16,500 per annum. If your Hon'ble Board should agree to invest Mohesh Dutt with the Zemindary and Malikana, we are of opinion that this graut should be conferred on the express condition of suppressing the depredations of Futtay Shaw and made revocable, in case he should, from inability or other course, fail in executing his condition.
But if your Hon'ble Board should think Mohesh Dutt entitled to any subsistence from Government, this may be done by granting him
a pecuniary allowance to be received monthly, and the material political objection will by this mode be done away with.
We have the honor to be, with respect, &c.
Calcutta, the 28th October 1784.
(Sd.) J. SHORE,
Extract from a letter to the Committee of Revenue, dated the 2nd
Para 6, 28th October, 1784.-We leave it to you to determine on Mohesh Dutt's right by adopting, as you may think preferable, either of the alternatives you point out, or by rejecting both, only observing that should you think it advisable to invest him with the Zamindari of Husseypur, it would be done on the express conditions of his effectually suppressing the depredations of Futtay Shaw, and if possible, delivering up his person to Government within the term of one year, inserting a clause in his Sunnud that in the event of his failing in obtaining the ends either from negligence or such other cause, as shall be deemed unsatisfactory by Government upon a report thereof, which we direct you to make to us on the expiration of the present Behar year, he will subject himself to immediate dispossession, together with the loss of every other interest which he may hold in the land in question. Terrl. Department, the 8th August, 1820.
I am in receipt of your petition, dated the 20th ultimo, forwarded by the Commissioner of Patna, and, in reply, have to offer you my acknowledgment for the loyalty and good feeling earned by you towards the Government. I have noticed with great satisfaction the willing assistance you have rendered to the local officers in the district
of Saran, and the measures you have taken for the apprehension of any mutineers who may attempt to take shelter in your zemindary.
FORT WILLIAM :
The 15th July, 1857.
Your sincere friend,
(Sd.) FRED. Jos. HALLIDAY.
Roobkar (Proceedings) held by Mr. Thomas Edwards, the Commissioner of Revenue of the 11th Division, comprising the districts of Patna, Saran, etc., on Friday, the 1st September, 1837, corresponding with 6th Bhado, 1242 F.S.
The family of Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee Bahadur, proprietors of Raj Hosseypore, Pergs. Kallyanpore, Pachlak, etc., in the district of Saran, has held in succession the zemindaree of Hosseypore in the aforesaid Pegannahs and Zillah with the title of "Maharaja Bahadur” for more than one hundred years since the time of Maharaja Khemkaran Sahee Bahadur. After the death of Maharaja Futteh Sahee Bahadur, and on the reports of the former Commissioner, the Governor-General has conferred the title of Maharaja Bahadur on Maharaja Chatterdharee Sahee with a khillut, which was received in this office with a letter dated 17th July, 1837. The khillut in question has this day been granted by me to Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee Bahadur. As it is now necessary to notify all, in accordance with the orders of Government, the title of "Maharaja Bahadur" bestowed on Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee Bahadur, as well as to cause the word "Maharaja" to be written in the papers of all the offices of Government, it is ordered that a copy of this Roobkar be sent respectively to the Collector, Magistrate and others of the districts of Saran, Shahabad, Behar and Patna, with a request that Chatterdharee Shahee be styled "Maharaja Bahadur" in all the papers in the respective offices of the said officers in connection with the said Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee Bahadur. It is moreover directed that a copy of the Roobkar be forwarded to the Judge of each of the said four districts for information, and a copy also transmitted to Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee.
Order by Mr. Edward Alexander Samuells, Commissioner of Patna, on the petition of Maharaja Chatterdharee Shahee.
"The good and zealous services which the Maharaja has, from his attachments and devotion to the State, done by promptly obeying and executing the orders issued by Government and its officers, as well as J. I. 28
by me, are known. Especially during the recent mutiny, the Maharaja executed with promptitude and in such a manner as it should be, all orders issued to him, and gave every assistance to the British functionaries. Having had regard to the loyalty which the Maharaja has displayed, I wish that Government should confer a suitable reward on him for his zealous service, submission and obedience. It is therefore ordered that the original petition, after a copy thereof being kept for record in this office, be sent with a letter in English to the Commissioner of the district of Gorackpore, etc., in order that the said officer in consideration of the foregoing facts, may instruct the Collector of the Gorackpore district to pay due attention to the request preferred by the Mooktears of the Maharaja on behalf of the Maharaja for settlement with him of the confiscated Mahals of the rebels.
I have the honor to forward herewith an original urzee from Maharaja Chutterdharee Shahee Bahadur, Raja of Hutwa, Zillah Saran, praying that he may be allowed to engage for certain confiscated estates in Zillah Gorackpore, the names of which, however, he has omitted to specify.
2. The Raja of Hutwa has particularly distinguished himself during the rebellion by loyalty to the British Government, the readiness with which he has met every requisition made upon him, and the pains which he has taken to keep the Government informed of the movements and intentions of the Gorackpore rebels. No zemindar in this division has exerted himself more strenously in our favour than the Hutwa Raja, and there is no doubt that he has incurred heavy expenses in doing so. I have much pleasure therefore in forwarding the Raja's urzee, and trust that when the claims of different parties to the settlements of the confiscated estates in Gorackpore are taken into consideration, those of the Hutwa Raja may be favourably regarded.
I have, etc. (Sd.) E. A. SAMUELLS.