Letter from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles to Lord Lansdowne, 1821 January 19

Raffles relates the success of free trade in Singapore and looks to expand its application: "Singapore which instead of a minor Station has turned out on experiment to be the most important in the Eastern Seas, naturally engages my chief attention - and I am happy to say our Establishment there has succeeded beyond all possibility of calculation - In point of Commercial importance it already rivals Batavia.....". He goes on to give a lengthy description of Pulo Nias, off the Sumatran coast, noting its tribal chiefs' intention to abolish slavery. Raffles concludes with his opinions on Sumatra: "I think it will soon appear that when once the resources of Sumatra are disclosed, it will be found a more important and valuable possession than even Java itself....". Title devised by Library staff.

 

Letter from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles to Lord Lansdowne, 1821 January 19

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Title
Letter from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles to Lord Lansdowne, 1821 January 19
Creator
Raffles, Thomas Stamford, Sir, 1781-1826
Subject
Raffles, Thomas Stamford, Sir, 1781-1826--Correspondence
Singapore--History--1819-1867
Indonesia--Politics and government--1798-1942
Letters
History
1819-1826 Founding and early years
Economy
Colonial administrators
Publisher
1821
Contributor
Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marquess of, 1780-1863
Digital Description
application/pdf, 1791 KB, 15 p.
All rights reserved. National Library Board Singapore, 2021

 

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