Persian Voices: Your Majesty
Your majesty. Your realm is deteriorating. Your subjects have been reduced to begging. They are being oppressed and exploited by governors and officials whose greed and blood thirst knows no bounds.
Last year, tax payers who could not pay cash had to sell their daughters to Turkmans and Armenian merchants who then sold them into slavery in Russia. Thousands of your subjects have had to flee this oppression and go to Russia …
If remedies are not found, the country will be dismantled. The British will take over Sistan and Baluchistan; the Russians other parts; and the Ottomans have their down designs … Your majesty, listen to the plight of fifteen million souls who live in fear of being imprisoned by the foreigners.
—Mohammad Ibn Sadegh-al Hossaini Tabatabi
Abrahamian, Ervand. A History of Modern Iran. New York: Cambridge University Press. Print, p.42.