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:
Defterdar Mehmed Şerif Efendi (then defterdar) stresses the need for drills and exercise during the winter months (when war is suspended). Moreover, positions such as Grand Viziers or governors should be permanent or at least long-term, since frequent changes result to exploitation and oppression; this way, every vizier or pasha could have a retinue of soldiers, keeping them trained and ready for war: these troops will form the “winter army”. What is needed is continuous training and exercise, and the basis of this precept is the distinction between nomadism and settled life: if soldiers are left to settle down, their military ability will fade away (Ka422-424). He also gives advice on the military stipends (Kc344-345) and auxiliary troops (Kd430-431). Şerif Efendi also describes the disadvantages of farming out revenues; the remedy was thought to be farming-out for life (malikâne), but this also proved disadvantageous as farmers sub-farmed out the revenues. He suggests that the Sultan personally grants state revenues as malikânes to palace officials (Çağman 1999, 225-226); Şerif Efendi also proposes a stricter control of the vakf income (Çağman 1999, 226-227).