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[Signature]: Lāl Bāhādura Khatrī Chetrī
[Signature]: Dān Bāhādura Khatrī Chetrī
[Signature]: Hīrā Siṃ Thāpā Chetrī
[Fingerprint]: Vīra Khatrī Chetrī
Abhaya Siṃ Khatrī Chetrī
[Signature]: I, Lāl Bāhādura Khatrī Chetrī, the debtor of [this] deed, have been approved [as such].
Hail! On the auspicious Monday of the 8th solar day (gate) of Pauṣa in the [Vikrama] era year 1976 (1919 CE), the debtor (dhana behorīnī), Lāl Bāhādura Khatrī Chetrī by name, resident of Raspura Village, has truly received current silver mohara rupaiyās 142 from the creditor (dhanī), Vīra Bāhādura Khatrī Chetrī by name, resident of the same village. I have borrowed this money to repay Hirā Siṃ Thāpā, inasmuch as the latter paid [a similar amount earlier as] the fine for an offence (bāphat) [of mine]. I solemnly promise to return the same amount [of money] as borrowed2 on the 12th of the month of Jyeṣṭha in the coming year [VS 19]77. If this promise is broken, [Vīra Bāhādura] shall take in his ownership, on that same date, the pledged male slave Rave, who possesses the four gems,3 considering this deed as valid [in] itself, without [any need] for a separate paramabhaṭṭā to be written. If [the slave] dies or escapes—[that is,] if he dies or escapes before the [fixed] date—I, the debtor, shall not say: "Give me the value of the labour (nimek) [of the slave] or [the price of] the slave." If he dies or escapes beyond the [promised] date, [the creditor] shall not tell: "Give me my slave [or] pay me the [debt] money." I have gladly and of my own free will received this money. This agreement (tamasuka) was written on the creditor's eastern veranda. I have written down the witnesses to this document in the margin (phaṭke). The [aforementioned] date is valid. Auspiciousness.
This document records a loan of money taken out by Lāl Bāhādura from Vīra Bāhādura in a village called Raspura. The identity of this village is unknown. However, since this document was among a bundle of documents from Pyuthana, Raspura is presumably a village in the same general area. The document mentions that the debtor took the loan in order to repay an earlier loan from Hīrā Siṃ Thāpā, who had paid at fine on his behalf for an offence committed earlier.
The document mentions that the debtor has put up his slave Rave as collateral for the loan. The slave would automatically pass to the creditor if the loan was defaulted.
This document can be related to Article 80 of the Mulukī Ain (MA-KM VS 2022) concerning rules regarding the escape of slaves.