912 AH.-MAY 24th 1506 TO MAY 13th 1507 AD. 307
(«. Babur leaves Khurasan?)
Very pressingly had Muh. Baranduq Beg and Zu'n-nun Arghun said, " Winter here ! " but they had given me no winter-quarters nor had they made any winter-arrangements for me. Winter came on ; snow fell on the mountains between us and Kabul ; anxiety grew about Kabul ; no winter-quarters were offered, no arrangements made ! As we could not speak out, of necessity we left Heri !
On the pretext of finding winter-quarters, we got out of the town on the 7th day of the month of Sha'ban (Dec. 24th 1506 AD.), and went to near Badghls. Such were" our slowness and our tarryings that the Ramzan-moon was seen a few marches only beyond the Langar of Mir Ghiyas.1 Of our braves who were absent on various affairs, some joined us, some followed us into Kabul 20 days or a month later, some stayed in Heri and took service with the Mlrzas. One of these last was Sayyidlm 'All the gate-ward, who became Badi'u'z-zaman Mlrza's retainer. To no servant of Khusrau Shah had I shewn so much favour as to him ; he had been given Ghaznl when Jahanglr Mlrza abandoned it, and in it when he came away with the army, had left his younger brother Dost-i-anju (?) Shaikh. There were in truth no better men amongst Khusrau Shah's retainers than this man Sayyidlm 'All the gate-ward and Muhibb-i-'all the armourer. Sayyidlm was of excellent nature and manners, a bold swordsman, a singularly competent and methodical man. His house was never without company and assembly ; he was greatly generous, had wit and charm, a variety of talk and story, and was a sweetnatured, good-humoured, ingenious, fun-loving person. His fault was that he practised vice and pederasty. He may have swerved from the Faith ; may also have been a hypocrite in his dealings ; some of what seemed double-dealing people attributed to his jokes, but, still, there must have been a something! When Badi'u'z-zaman Mlrza had let Shaibaq Khan take Heri and had gone to Shah Beg (Arghijn), he had Sayyidlm 'All thrown into the Harmand because of his double-dealing words
1 The almshouse or convent was founded here in Timur's reign (de Meynard. I.e. p. 500).
2 i.e. No smoke without fire.