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MINISTERS OF THE SULTAN.
lieutenant-general, because, next to the king, and in his absence, he is the most powerful in the government of the state,
1. Dorhimend. Chief or General of the Army. See Pyrard, 5.
2. Hakura. See Pyrard, 5 (a).
3. Veldnd. See Pyrard, 4.
4. Fdmuderi. Pyrard mentions (ch. xviii) a Pammedery calogue as a
great lord, but does not place him among the ministers,abut see Ibn Bat., 4.
5. Mdfai. See Ibn Bat., 5, and Pyrard, 6.
6. Ddhard. See Ibn Bat., 8. Pyrard (chA xix) mentions a Darade
Tacourou as a aCouuta or aDukea, but does not place him among the ministers.
iv. Lastly, Mr. Bell (1879) finds that the Sultan now employs only three chief ministers, viz.:
1. Hadegiri, or Bod a Baderi, u Chief Treasurer of the realma. See
Ibn Bat., 3, and Pyrard, 3*
2. Ddhard. See Ibn Bat., 8, and Chr., 6.
3. Miru Baharu (Ar. Emir-el-Bahr). See Pyrard, 4 (a).
The Hadegiri (preacher in Ibn Batutaas time, a lord privy councillor in Pyrardas, and now chief treasurer), though not placed by Christopher among the six ministers, was a high officer in his day, as he says he ais vested with authority to enforce the payment of revenue when complaint is made to him by the Atolwaria. Mr. Bell says, 44 He seems to rank above the other two ministers, and to possess greater influence in the community. A staff of accountants and clerks are employed to assist him in the revenue duties at Mal6.a
The Ddhard, Mr. Bell observes,44 has no specific department of public business to supervise. But for a certain voice in the military and municipal affairs, his office would be a titular sinecure.a
The Miru Baharu, according to the same authority, 44 is the Port Doctor and Master Attendant of Me16. He visits all vessels that arrive, and refuses permission to land until it has been ascertained to his satisfaction that there is no sickness on board. Generally speaking, the entire management and control of all public business not falling within the province of the Hadegiri, and distributed a few years back among the six Viziers, devolve now on the Miru Baharu and the Ddhard
It will be observed that the Pandiare, or Kadi, is included in Ibn Batutaas, but in no subsequent list. Although in Pyrardas time, as at present, he was supreme in ecclesiastical and judicial affairs, he was not supposed to interfere in the executive government.
Mr. Bell considers that a good many of the offices mentioned above may be traced back to the offices in the ancient Sinhalese monarchy,
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