Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4356 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Transcripts of legal documents, scroll


Scroll assembling transcripts for trial evidence, over 153 documents (applications for appeal, appendices, original verdicts, supporting deeds, accounts, etcetera), submitted to the Court of Appeal (Kūrt-i Apīl), Kolkata (Bengal), in the case (muqaddimah) of Kalyan Singh (on behalf of the wives of Rai Sudai Singh), appellant, against Bhole Singh and Kirpa Singh, respondents/defendants, residents of Tirhut (Bihar), presented 1794

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

Prefixed with lengthy list of contents

Ownership inscription at beginning in English

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: naql muṭābiq-i aṣl ast al-ʿabd Nasīm Allāh munshī-'i ʿadālat-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

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

Physical Description

Form: scroll
Extent: 1 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 63208 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 1794 CE Kolkata, Bengal ; India


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