Referring to Tipu in 1790, the Asiatic Annual Register for 1799 records:
‘Tippoo Sultaun is about 43 years of age; his constitution is much impaired; he is subject to two disorders, the frequent return of which obliges him to take medicine daily.
He is from five feet eight to nine inches high; is now rather inclined to fat, although, a few years since, he was very thin. His face is round, with large full eyes; and there is much animation and fire in his countenence; he wears whiskers but no beard; he is very active, and sometimes takes long walks.’
The narration in the Asiatic Journal is interesting because it mentions Tipu suffered from 2 disorders.
I assume 1 of them would be pain in the knee/back, could it be sciatica? He had a slight limp in 1 leg ever since his Malabar campaigns when he fell off his horse into a ditch and injured himself while attempting an assault of the Travancore lines.
What was the 2nd disorder the journal speaks of? I do not know