Yet another relatively common official letter in the Mughal/Maratha period was the newsletter. Kings sent their own representatives to report on events at both allied and enemy courts. Such reports often covered current factional politics and comings and goings of notable people. They are very useful to biographers as a record of powerful individuals, royal relatives, and local elite families, which came to court. Sometimes the records cover decades and cover the ups and downs of individuals and families. There are a few courts for which we have a couple of news writers and can compare assessments of the situation. Nevertheless, news dispatches must be used with caution. The news writers were aware that they walked a fine line between reporting what was actually happening and what their employer wanted to hear.