Address to Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by the Singapore Chinese merchants on the occasion of his visit Singapore in 1869

The panegyric on British rule in Singapore was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh by a group of some 80 Singapore Chinese merchants in 1869.

 

Title
Address to Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh by the Singapore Chinese merchants on the occasion of his visit Singapore in 1869
Closing Words
These are our united respectful humble prayers grateful, for the beneficial rule of your Royal Mother. Dated Singapore 8th year of Tong Tse, 10th moon 22nd day of the corresponding Christian era 25th November One thousand Eight hundred and Sixty Nine.
Opening Words
We the Singapore Chinese merchants, Inhabitants & Public with purity of heart and sincerity collectively approach in humble attitude to present this address To The 2nd Prince of the Illustrious Queen of Great Britain and Ireland Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, K.G. K.T.
Subject
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Alfred, Duke of, 1844-1900--Travel--Singapore
Carpenter, Percy, 1820-1895. Singapore at sunrise from Mount Wallich. 1869
Visits of state--Singapore
Great Britain--Politics and government--1837-1901
Singapore--Pictorial works
1867-1914 Port city
Manuscript Date
1869
Digital Description
application/pdf, 2787 KB, 6. p. : col. ill.
Table of Contents
Partial contents: "We the Singapore Chinese merchants, Inhabitants & Public with purity of heart and sincerity collectively approach in humble attitude to present this address To The 2nd Prince of the Illustrious Queen of Great Britain and Ireland Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, K.G. K.T. May it please your Royal Highness, We who have been living under the British protection and just rule with happiness prosperity and security feel deeply grateful for the ... benefits therefrom derived and highly conscious of having received those benefits and favors solely due to good government and prosperous reign ; our inability humbly to approach your Royal Mother the Illustrious Queen of Great Britain with a due sense of our obligation and respect has remained with us an unperformed vow. But now it is fortunate for us that Your Royal Highness has arrived at this place, to whom we shall be enabled to fullfill our former vow and amorious desire and to evince our deep pooled respect; there is none amongst us but is desirous and every business and dwelling place longs to sing our thanks and praise to that Crown of which your Royal Highness is the Representative. Your auspicious approach shines wealth and reflects bright colours on hills and rivers imparting salubrious air to the world such a blessing happening once in a thousand years this good fortune has been vouchsafed to us. And we sincerely trust and hope that your Royal Highness' great renown will reach the four quarters of the universe, and that your High name may shine endlessly. These are our united respectful humble prayers grateful, for the beneficial rule of your Royal Mother. Dated Singapore 8th year of Tong Tse, 10th moon 22nd day of the corresponding Christian era 25th November One thousand Eight hundred and Sixty Nine. Tan Kim Ching, Hoo Ah Kay ... " [a list of merchants' names follows]. Partial contents: "We the Singapore Chinese merchants, Inhabitants & Public with purity of heart and sincerity collectively approach in humble attitude to present this address To The 2nd Prince of the Illustrious Queen of Great Britain and Ireland Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, K.G. K.T. May it please your Royal Highness, We who have been living under the British protection and just rule with happiness prosperity and security feel deeply grateful for the ... benefits therefrom derived and highly conscious of having received those benefits and favors solely due to good government and prosperous reign ; our inability humbly to approach your Royal Mother the Illustrious Queen of Great Britain with a due sense of our obligation and respect has remained with us an unperformed vow. But now it is fortunate for us that Your Royal Highness has arrived at this place, to whom we shall be enabled to fullfill our former vow and amorious desire and to evince our deep pooled respect; there is none amongst us but is desirous and every business and dwelling place longs to sing our thanks and praise to that Crown of which your Royal Highness is the Representative. Your auspicious approach shines wealth and reflects bright colours on hills and rivers imparting salubrious air to the world such a blessing happening once in a thousand years this good fortune has been vouchsafed to us. And we sincerely trust and hope that your Royal Highness' great renown will reach the four quarters of the universe, and that your High name may shine endlessly. These are our united respectful humble prayers grateful, for the beneficial rule of your Royal Mother. Dated Singapore 8th year of Tong Tse, 10th moon 22nd day of the corresponding Christian era 25th November One thousand Eight hundred and Sixty Nine. Tan Kim Ching, Hoo Ah Kay ... " [a list of merchants' names follows].
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