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entourage, and the plotters hoped that by separating the brothers the task of overthrowing them would be rendered easier. There were also the chances and dangers of a campaign to be counted on in their favour. On this occasion we hear for the first time of a plan which was adopted very frequently in this reign and afterwards. Official orders were given in one sense, and the opposing side received secret letters of a different purport, assuring them of future favour if they made a vigorous defence and defeated the imperial general sent against them. Letters were despatched to Rajah Ajit Singh urging him to make away with Husain 'Ali Khan in any way he could, whereupon the whole of the Bakhshi's property and treasure would become his; and he would, in addition, receive other rewards.1
Husain 'Ali Khan's audience of leave-taking was granted on the 29th Zū, 1 Qa‘dah (16th December 1713), and his advance tents left Dihli on the 20th Zū, 1 Ḥijjah 1125 H. (6th January 1714). The generals under him were Sarbuland Khān, Afrasyāh Khān, I'tiqād Khān (grandson of Shaistah Khan, deceased), Dildaler Khan, Saif-ud-din 'Ali Khan, Najm-ud-din 'Ali Khan, Asadullah Khan, Sayyad Shujā'atullah Khan, Sayyad Husain Khan, Sayyad Khan, Aziz Khān, Rohelah, Caghta, Bahadur, Shakir Khan, Ghulam 'Ali Khan, Rajah Udwant Singh, Bundelah, Rājah Gopal Singh, Bhadauriyah, Rājah Rāj Bahādur of Rupnagar and others. From the imperial magazines there were delivered to him 500 mans of powder and lead, 200 rockets, 100 mahtāb, and five cannon. Although a letter had been received from the Rājah on the 15th Zñ, 1 Ḥijjah 1125 H. (1st January 1714), the contents not being of a satisfactory nature, the preparations were not suspended and the advance began. Then Raghunath, a munshi in the service of Ajit Singh, came to Sarãe Sahal, escorted by one thousand horsemen, with a view to negotiation, Husain 'Ali Khan was then at Sarāe Allahwirdī Khan. He rejected the terms offered and sent on his tents from Sarãe Sahal,8
On the march thieves gave much trouble. The general caused a ditch to be dug round the camp each time a halt was made, aud Mewātī watchman were placed outside it on guard. Once two Mina thieves were caught, and next morning were blown from guns. This severity scared the marauders away. In parganah Riwāri and the villages on the road there were splendid standing crops. At first these were des
| Kāmwar Khān, 142, entry of 13th Zü,l Qa‘dah 1125 H. (2nd December, 1713) Aḥwal-i-khawāqin, 70a, Shiu Dās, p. 36.
• The Tuḥfat-ul-Hind of Lāl Rām, B.M. Nos. 6583, 6584, folio 886, gives the date 14th Muḥarram (1126) = 29th January, 1714.
8 Kāmwar Khān, 142, B.M. 1690, folio 166a.
troyed by the camp followers. But to prevent this plundering, petty officers were placed on duty; next day several men were caught redhanded and brought in bound. They were paraded through the camp, seated on donkeys with their faces to the tail and arrows in their ears and noses. By this means the injury to the crops was put an end to.1
The Rahtor army was reported to be twelve kos south of Sambhar';2 rumqur said they were hiding in ambush and intended to molest the imperialists while on the march. Not a trace of them, however, was seen between the capital and Ajmer; and as the imperial army passed through parganah Sambhar it destroyed Sanamgarh, a place of worship which had been erected at great cost. The march was conducted under great difficulties, the army suffering much în those sandy deserts from the want of water, in spite of the fact that they carried a provision of it along with them. On reaching Ajmer the camp was pitched for some days on the banks of the lake Anasagar,3 whence messengers were sent to the Rajah, on the principle that "Peace is better than War." After a time the Sayyad moved on to Puhkar,5 five miles north-west of Ajmer and thence to Mairtha, about forty miles further on, in Jodhpur territory; but Ajit Singh still fled before him further into the sandy desert. An armed post (thānah) of two thousand men was placed in the town of Mairtha.6
In the country round Ajmer and between that place and Mairtha, the villages of Rajah Ajit Singh and those of Jai Singh of Amber are intermingled. The inhabitants of the Jodhpur villages were afraid and took to flight. Thereupon orders were issued to plunder and burn down all villages found uninhabited, but to leave all others unmolested. When this became known, the Jodhpur villages interceded through their Jaipur neighbours; their plundered goods were then restored, the only loss being of the houses that had been burned. The country was thus settled and brought under imperial rule, step by step, as the army moved forward. 'Abu-ş-Şamad Khan, who had been recalled from the Panjab, joined at Puhkar, bnt at the very first interview he and the Sayyad disagreed."
On the way to Mairtha, Husain 'Ali Khān called a council of war,
1 Kām Rāj, 55a.
2 Thornton, 852, on the south bank of the Sambhar Lake, about 175 m. S.-W. of Dihlī; Rajputānah Gazetteer, II, 159, 39 m. S.-W. of Jaipur.
8 Rajputanah Gazetteer, II, 4 and 61.
4 Käre kih bah ṣulaḥ bar-nayāyad,
Diwanagī dar û mî-bāyad.
₺ Thornton, 771 (Pokur), and Rājputānah Gazetteer, II, 67: Thornton, 618 (Mirta), 76 m. N.-E. of Jodhpur; (Mirta), Rājputanah Gazetteer, II, 261.
• Kām Rāj., 55a, Mḥd. Qāsim, 197, Aḥwāl-i-khawāqīn, 71.
7 Ma,āşiru-l-Ù I, 321. Aḥwāl-i-khawāqin, 71b, 72a.
and proposed that in spite of the approach of the hot weather, stores of water should be collected and the advance continued. Ajit Singh, he asserted, must either be taken and his head sent to Court, or his son surrendered as a hostage and his daughter offered as a bride to the Emperor. Others advised delay, and much apprehension prevailed. The difficulties were many, the great heat of the sun, the deficiency of water, the high prices, the want of grain and grass for the cattle. In spite of all these, Husain 'Ali Khan resolved to leave most of his baggage behind and make a forced march on Jodhpur.1
The conclusion of the campaign was soon announced at Court by a report received ou the 14th Rabi 'I, 1126 H. (29th March 1714). It appeared that Ajit Singh had retreated in one night from his position south of Sambhar and had fallen back on Mairtha, and without making any stand there had gone on to Jodhpur, where he had hoped to be safe, surrounded by the desert. Finding that the Sayyad was still pressing onwards and seemed determined to strike a blow at him in spite of the inaccessibility of his capital, he sent his women and children into places of safety in the hill country, and himself sought refuge in the deserts of Bikaner. Evidently he felt himself too weak to meet the imperialists in the open field, and during the time that Sayyad Miyān, the Bakhshi's father, was governor of Ajmer, the Rajputs had learned respect for Husain ‘Ali Khan's qualities as a general. When Husain ‘Ali Khan was within 30 miles of Mairtha, an embassy arrived from the Rājah, escorted by fifteen hundred horsemen. It was believed that their arrival was a mere subterfuge, devised in order to gain time for the Rajah to escape. In order to make sure of them, Husain ‘Ali Khan told them that if they were in earnest, they must agree to be put in fetters. After objecting to this proposal, as involving infamy and disgrace, they consented. Four of the principal men were put in chains. Directly they made their appearance from the Audience tent in this condition, the loose characters of the imperial camp assumed
! Kām Rāj, 55b, Aḥwal-i-khawāqîn, 72a.
2 Tod, II., 82, says Ajit Singh sent off the men of wealth to Sewanoh and his son and family to the desert of Razdarroh, west of the Loni river. This Razdarroh may be the Raus or Rass of Thornton, 820, a town on the N.-W. declivity of the Aravalli range, 38 m. W. of Naṣīrābād, Lat. 26° 17′, Long. 74° 16′. Sewanoh is possibly the Sewarra of Thornton, 876, 27 m. S.-W. by S. of Jodhpur, 42 m. N. of Disah, Lat. 24° 50', Long. 72°.
8 Khushḥal Cand, 401b, says that Ajit Singh asked Jai Singh of Amber for advice, and was recommended to make terms. Is this at all likely? According to Tod, II, 82, the terms were asked for by the advice of Ajit Singh's dīwāns, and still more of Kesar, the bard, who adduced a precedent of the time when Daulat Khan, Lodi, had invaded Mārwār.
that the envoys' overtures had been rejected. A body of them rushed at once to the Rajput tents, attacked their guards, and plundered all their property. There was great difficulty in suppressing this disorder. The envoys were sent for, their chains removed, and full apologies made. The envoys themselves were satisfied and continued the negotiation, but news of the outbreak having reached the Rajah, he fled. Husain 'Ali Khan was thus forced to advance to Mairtha, where he halted until the terms of peace had been arranged,1
The terms were that the Rajah should give one of his daughters in marriage to the Emperor, in the mode which they styled Dolah, that the Rajah's son, Abhai Singh, should accompany Husain ‘Ali Khān to court, and that the Rajah in person should attend when summoned.3 Zafar Khan (Roshan-ud-daulah) arrived at Court on the 5th Jamādi I 1126 H. (18th May, 1714), with the news. Husain 'Ali Khan sent the greater part of his army back to Dihli, and remained for two months in Ajmer, restoring the country to order. On the 26th Jamādi II 1126 H. (8th June, 1714), it had been reported that he was at Puhkar, west of Ajmer, on his way back from Mairtha. On the return march, owing to the great heat, they moved at night and halted in the day. On the 2nd Rajab (13th July, 1714), he arrived at Sarãe Allahwirdi Khan. On the 5th he was presented to the Emperor, being received with great outward cordiality, and the commanders who had served under him were richly rewarded. Zafar Khan was honoured with the special title of Fidwī-i-Farmānbardār, “the loyal and order-obeying servant." Kuṇwar Abhai Singh's audience took place three days afterwards (19th July, 1714), with all fitting ceremony, 4
SECTION 16.-RENEWAL OF OPEN QUARREL WITH THE SAYYADS.
During Husain 'Ali Khan's absence, Mir Jumlah's power had gone on increasing. Farrukhsiyar had made over his seal to this favourite, and was often heard to say openly: "the word and seal of Mir Jumlah are the word and seal of Farrukhsiyar." On his side, Qutb-ul-Mulk was immersed in pleasure and found little or no leisure to devote to state 1 Kāmwar Khan, 195, Khafi Khan, II, 738, Ma,āṣir-ul-U. I, 321, Muḥammad Qāsim, 190.
• Dolah, a Hindi word for an informal marriage. Tawārīkh-i-Märwär of Murārī Dās, Vol. 2, fol. 80b, states that the girl's Hindū name was Bãe Indar Kanwar.
• Tod II, 82, Abhai Singh was recalled from Razdurroh and marched to Delhi with Husain 'Ali Khan at the end of Asarh 1770. The last day of that month equals 28th June, 1713, or if the southern reckoning be followed, it then falls in 1714 (17th June, 1714).
♦ Tod II, 82, says Abhai Singh was made a Panj Hazări (5,000): Kāmwar Khān 146, Wärid, fol. 150b, Kâm Rāj., 56a.
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affairs. Nor, being a soldier who had come into office without much preparation for civil affairs, was he very competent to deal with the details of administration, for which, moreover, he had no natural taste. Everything was left to his man of business, Ratn Cand, a Hindu of the Baniya caste, and a native of a village near the Sayyads' home at Jansath. He had been recently created a Rājah with the rank of 2,000 zat. The chief dispute centred upon the question of appointments to office, the fees paid by those receiving appointments being a recognised and most substantial source of emolument. Ratn Cand, in addition to these customary fees, exacted large sums, which were practically bribes or payments for the grant of the appointment. By Mir Jumlah's independent action in bringing forward candidates and affixing the seal to their warrants of appointment, without following the usual routine of passing them through the wazir's office, the emoluments of both the chief minister and of his head officer were considerably curtailed. It is a matter of little wonder, therefore, that Qutb-ul-Mulk felt aggrieved at the unusual powers placed in the hands of a rival such as Mir Jumlah. This noble was much more accessible than the wazir, and was not given to the extortionate practices of Ratn Cand. Naturally, men in search of employment or promotion sought his audience-hall rather than that of Qutb-ul-Mulk. The wazir suffered, in this way, both in influence and in income. Moreover, Mir Jumlah allowed no opportunity to pass without depreciating the Sayyad brothers, and brought forward arguments of every sort to prove that they were unfitted for the offices that they held."
The quarrel which had broken out in the first weeks of the reign was patched up in the manner already recounted. But no thorough reconciliation had been effected; nor, considering the character of Farrukhsiyar, was any such reconciliation to be expected. The Sayyad brothers could never be certain from day to day that some new plot was
1 My old acquaintance, Rãe Bahadur Nihal Chand, Agarwal, an Honorary Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar, in a letter of the 1st Dec., 1893, informs me that Ratn Cand was a native of Jansath town, where he had built a handsome house, now in a rained state, but still in the hands of his impoverished descendants. He belonged to a sub-caste of the Agarwals called Rājah-ki-barādarī (i.e., the Rajāh's relations), the reference being to Rājah Agar Sen, the reputed founder of the caste, their ancestor having been that Rājah's son by a concubine. The epithet of Baqgāl (shop-keeper) attached to Ratn Cand's name, is the Persion version of the vernacular caste name Baniyā or Mahajan (trader). None of these words necessarily implies that Ratn Cand had ever kept a shop; they are the name of his caste, Many Baniyas by caste may still be found in the employ of the State, in all grades.
* Khāfi Khan IIa, 739, Khushḥāl Cand, 399a.