KAIRPUR, SINDH Formal petition in Persian from Mir Ali Murad Khan Talpur of Khayrpur, to Lord Ellenborough, 1853
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KAIRPUR, SINDH Formal petition in Persian from Mir Ali Murad Khan Talpur of Khayrpur, to Lord Ellenborough, 1853
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KAIRPUR, SINDH
Formal petition in Persian from Mir Ali Murad Khan Talpur of Khayrpur, to Lord Ellenborough (1790–1871, governor-general of India 1842-1844), recounting his loyal service to the East India Company, his cooperation in transferring territory to the Nawab of Bhawelpur but complaining that he has not received the promised reward for this from Sir Charles Napier, and that Napier had denied him and confiscated territory once controlled by his half brother Mir Rustam 'Ali Khan and their father, which should now belong him, and appealing for redress, one page on thin native paper with gold decoration, and with black seal, 19 Sha'ban 1269 [28 May, 1853]

Footnotes

  • Lord Ellenborough was Governor General of India in 1842 when Ali Murad finally secured the state founded by his father Mir Sohrab Khan, and which had been held by Ali Murad's half brother Mir Rustam 'Ali Khan since their father's death in 1830. Mir Rustam's hold on power was helped by the treaties that he and other amirs had made with the British, something that may have grated with Ali Murad. However, when he came to power, coincidentally at the same time that Napier was annexing Sindh, Ali Murad seems to have made a positive impression on Napier who gave him a disproportionate share of the revenues, much to the anger of other amirs who said he was untrustworthy. Napier justified his action with the claim that for now at least Ali Murad could be useful. And so it was until 1851, when Ali Murad got on the wrong side of the British (the letter implies the involvement of Napier himself, who in that year retired to the UK), was accused of intrigue, duplicity and fraud, and stripped of all but the original emirate. Hence the present letter.
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