Letters And Books Of Sir Stamford Raffles And Lady Raffles: The Tang Holdings Collection Of Autograph Letters And Books Of Sir Stamford Raffles And Lady Raffles
by Bastin, John
About This Book
The Tang Holdings Collection contains 70 holograph letters of Sir Stamford Raffles and 58 holograph letters of Lady Raffles. Among Raffles' letters are 16 to his mother, the only such letters to have survived.
The letters in this collection throw much new light on Raffles' personal and family history and provide many insights into his life in Pinang, Java, Sumatra and Singapore. They also reveal his views on religion, his ideas on education, his efforts to complete the writing of the History of Java, and his attempts to establish the Zoological Society of London.
The Tang Holdings Collection also contains a number of books, pamphlets and other memorabilia which belonged to Raffles and Lady Raffles. Among the rarest is the farewell Address of the Merchants of Singapore to Raffles, printed in 1823, of which only one other copy exists.
As well as providing a fully documented and illustrated account of the letters, books and memorabilia in the Tang Holdings Collection, this book contains a chapter on Raffles' early life and his own account of the founding of Singapore. Offering a vivid record of contemporary documents and artefacts, this volume is a major contribution to the study of Raffles, Singapore and the region.
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