No. 16.- SOME RECORDS OF THE RASHTRAKUTA KINGS OF MALKHED.
BY J. F. FLEET, I.C.S. (RETD.) PH.D., C.I.E.
This is the first of some papers which will deal with some selected records of the
Râshṭrakûṭa kings of Mâlkhêḍ. The records have been chosen, partly because of the general
historical interest that attaches to them, and partly in order to illustrate the development of
the alphabet of the Kanarese country during the ninth century A.D. As regards the
latter point, I cannot undertake to deal fully with all the palæographic details : to do so, would
be beyond my particular sphere of work, and would occupy time which I prefer to devote to
other matters of wider interest ; and I must leave that line of inquiry to be dealt with, in its
minute particulars, by anyone who is more concerned than I am with the special illustration of
Indian palæography. I shall notice a few details that may seem of particular interest.
the most part, I shall only deal, on somewhat broad lines, with certain characters which
furnish leading tests in determining the sequence and approximate dates of undated genuine
records which belong to the period in question or may fall within about half a century before it,
and in arriving at some conclusion as to the order in which certain spurious records were
fabricated and the periods to which they are really to be referred.
A.─ Hattî-Mattûr inscription of the time of Kṛishṇa I.
This inscription is now brought to notice for the first time. I edit it, and the collotype is
given, from an ink-impression obtained by me in 1882.
 See some remarks on pages 74, 77, above.>