R.10.2 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)
The present copy is imperfect, concluding abruptly on page 214, in the middle of an account of the appointment of Moḥammad Amīn Khān as general of the army sent to repress the Afghan invasion of the Punjab, in the tenth year of Aurungzeb’s reign. At this point the copyist appears to have relinquished his task, as several pages have been ruled for writing, but left blank. Page 135 is reversed; it is merely a spoilt leaf inserted by mistake.
Nastaʿlīq - well written in a current Persian hand
- Pasted leaf ‘Tis conjectured ye MS was tied up in two parcels; ye one directed by Sir William Norris’s own hand; For ye library of Trin. Coll. ye other not and being in an unknown character as well as language, ye Executor of Sir William imagined that only weh was so directed was all what was to be delivered;But this Part having some years ago been put into the hands of Mr Sale ye learned translator of ye Koran, he said it was a history of some of ye great Moguls, but imperfect. By which means it came to be known what it was and to what it belonged. It appears by ye book of ye Ambassadour’s accts yt ye MS cost Him in India 380 Roupees. This account of the MS was written and sent with it by Dr. Hopwood, physician, at Manchester, who is executor to Mr. Richard Norris, brother to the late Sir William Norris here mentioned, October 29, 1754.
Provenance and Acquisition
Presented to Trinity College Library in 1754.