From all the series of these memoranda (Layihalar), asked by Selim III, an abridged treatise was compiled, containing the parts of the individual memoranda which pertain to army reform, brought together under thematic categories (army, military stipends, auxiliary forces and artillery, cavalry). The abridged treatise published by Karal is preserved in two copies:
The original reports are found in Topkapı Sarayı Arşivi, envelope E447.
Karal, E. Z., “Nizâm-ı Cedîd’e dâir lâyihalar”, Tarih Vesikaları 1/6 (1941), 414-425; 2/8 (1942), 104-111; 2/11 (1943), 342-351; 2/12 (1943), 424-432 [in fact, the text published by Karal is the abridged treatise]
For full editions:
Particular memoranda have also been published:
Abdullah Birri Efendi (then reisülküttab) stresses that the recruits of the army (yazılacak asker) should be young (between eleven and twenty-five years old) and of peasant origin; they could be drawn from among the poor, the orphans and the needy, and, after an elementary religious education, be trained by Prussian officers along the European rules of war. Birri Efendi remarks that, if someone raises objections as for the imitation of the Frankish ways, one should remember that the Ottoman navy has been imitating its European counterparts from the beginning; and vice versa, the Russian army was created by imitating the Ottomans. Thus, a new regulation (kanunname) must be drawn, specifying the payment and the uniforms of these new troops (Ka424-425, Kc344 on stipends; cf. Aksan 1993, 63). Like Şerif Efendi, Abdullah Efendi also suggests that the army expenses might be met from the surplus of the vakf income (Beydilli 1999, 33).