I had appointed Baha Allah as the officer in charge of the district of Hugli which is attached to the sarkar of Salgam. He has reported to me that the residents and inhabitants of Calcutta, Bhakar and Mitya Garh, etc. are obstructing him in the execution of his duties and that the Naibs of those district are resisting in the payments of their dues. As they come under your jurisdiction it would be appreciated if you could help in remedying this situation
I was very pleased to hear from Babu Sudr Shiv that you have great feelings of friendship and sincerity towards me. May our friendship continue for ever. -- N.B. Babu Sudr Shiv has intimate knowledge of our affairs. His advice is always good for our friendship.
Perhaps you may remember the day I came to see you with my son and that you informed me that you were considering arranging for a honourable discharge for me from my services. I am grateful for your kindness. Meanwhile, at this time of the harvest the situation in the country is getting worse and because of the extortion and mismanagement of the tahsildar most of the cultivators are running away and the remaining inhabitants are complaining. Although I do not consider this a very pleasant duty it is essential that I inform you about the mismanagement of the company's tahsiladar. I do not wish to ask anything more than my pension to support my dependants. As I am not keeping very well I wish to go away from this place for a change of air. I would be grateful if you could issue orders for my pension to be paid.
On the night of the 8th of Safar a middle-aged men clad in a blanket came here and stopped at the mausoleum of a faqir next to the Sarae Mo. He has put up his bed there and claims that he is the son of Rafi al-Darajat and Nuh/son-in-law of Emperor Bahadur Shah. I went to investigate this in the morning and found out that he claimed that he had escaped from Delhi Fort to Hyderabad and came here to gather support and conquer the country. I intend to take him into custody but will wait until I have completed my investigation.
I received your letter and was happy to know that you are well. I have already written a letter to you which will be sent by the next post. I am sure it will reach you soon. I have also written to Mr Askrafton [Luke Scrafton] and Mr Heshton. I will be posting these letters as well soon.
I am glad to know that you are on your way from Murshidabad to Calcutta. I was hoping to see you before you left but I was prevented from doing so because of some unfavourable circumstances. Meanwhile, I am sending today, the 21st of instant, an instalment of one Lac rupees. I am not neglecting my duty in paying the rest of the amount and, God willing, I will be paying my dues in regular instalments. For this I will be travelling to Burdwan soon to see the Maharajah Sahib and Diwan Sahib.
Contrary to the practice of your predecessors we have not heard from you for a long time. I have been informed that some ships have arrived from England; no doubt they will be carrying some presents for us. It is requested therefore that you submit a list of all valuable and rare items along with their prices so that we can select what we may need from this list. Please also tell your agents who come to this part of the world to sell their goods that they should approach us first for the sale of their goods.