Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4353 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Transcripts of legal documents, scroll


Scroll assembling transcripts for trial evidence, over 246 documents (applications for appeal, appendices, original verdicts, supporting deeds, accounts, etcetera), submitted to the Court of Appeal (Ṣadr-i Apīl), ʿAẓīm'ābād (Patna, Bihar), in the case (muqaddimah) of Parmesar Singh, appellant, and Bulaqi Singh, respondent/defendant, presented Wednesday, 16 August, 1797

Some documents have been endorsed by legal and EIC officials, with dates

Prefixed with lengthy list of contents

Ownership inscription at beginning in English torn

Headed by impression of the large circular trilingual seal of office in Persian, Bengali, Bhojpuri in Kaithi (Kāʾithī) script; the last two legends transliterate the Persian legend: muhr-i ʿadālat-i dīvānī-'i Ṣadr 1207

Adjacent inscription attesting to the accuracy of contents, torn: naql muṭābiq-i aṣl ast al-ʿa[bd] Nasīm Allāh munshī-'i ʿadāla[t-i dīvānī-'i Ṣadr]

Impressions of the seal of office placed on reverse side, over the joins between paper sheets, presently obscured (along with other inscriptions) by stiff and opaque cloth backing

Torn, creased, warped, stained, wormholes; fragile

Language(s): Persian, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Bhojpuri (Kaithi), and English

Physical Description

Form: scroll
Extent: 1 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 81318 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16 August 1797 CE ; Patna, India


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