Bernier, François, Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D. 1656-1668

(Westminster, Eng. :  Constable,  1891.)



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Or an account of ihe most important events after the rvar,
during five years or thereby, in the States of the Great

Sfj HE war being ended, the Tartars of Usbec eagerly
despatched ambassadors to Aureng-Zebe. These
people had been witnesses of his conduct and
valour in many battles, when in command of the corps
which ChaJi-Jehan sent to the assistance of the Kan of
Samarcande, then engaged in hostilities with him of Balk;
and they had reason to apprehend that Aureng-Zebe did
not forget the treachery of which they had been guilty
when he was on the point of capturing Balk, the capital
city of the enemy. Upon that occasion, the two Kans
made up their differences, and united in one common
effort to drive him back, lest he should seize upon both
their territories, in the same manner as Ekbar had obtained
possession of the kingdom of Kachemire. The Usbec
Tartars were not ignorant of the occurrences which had
taken place in Hindoustan, of the victories gained by
Aureng-Zebe, and of the total discomfiture and death of
the other competitors for the crown. They were aware
that although Chah-Jehan still lived, yet his son was, in
reality, the recognised and established King of the Indies.
Whether, then, they dreaded his just resentment, or
hoped, in their inbred avarice and sordidness, to obtain
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