Sagramji's son and grandson considerably expanded their territories and their wealth by serving the nawabs and subduing the criminal tribes. However, by the late eighteenth century, their descendants took less and less interest in the affairs of government. A series of unhappy choices in ministers and managers reduced the treasury bear, the near collapse of the administration, and an increase in lawlessness. When Bhanabhai ascended the gadi in 1841, the state debt had risen to 20 lakhs and there was little hope of improvement. Little improved during his reign, but things changed when Sagramji II succeeded him in 1851. He began slowly transforming the state by reforming the judicial system, building courts and a gaol, creating a police force, and establishing municipal government. At his death in 1869, the annual revenue receipt had begun to improve and a start on modernising the state had been made.