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Rama 4 letter

Rama 4 letter

 

This is a letter to William Tarrant, the Editor of a newspapers in Hong Kong, dated 26 January 1872, saying he is "favoured by your kind presents of newspapers every month of the years since I became the King of Siam", returning "my many sincere thanks to you for your so kindness toward me alway", asking him to accept "the long narrative account of my dearest late queen consort", Soamanat, his first wife, 1851-1852, "printed in the Lithographic press ... I trust you will put perhaps in your newspapers", and ending "I beg to remain your friend ... bereaved mournful King of Siam."

(Transcription)

[Raja ...] grand palace

Bang Kok
22nd January 1853
From the sovereign of Siamese Kingdom
To Tarrant Esquire
the Editor of Hongkong Newspapers
Sir
I am favoured by your kind presents of newspapers every month of the years since I became the King of Siam beg to return my many sincere thanks to you for your so kindness toward me alway.
Please accept the long narrative account of my dearest late queen consort.- printed in the Lithographic press - accompanied herewith. I trust you will put perhaps in your newspapers.
I beg to remain your friend
S P P M Mongkut
bereaved mournful
King of Siam
[Envelope]
To Tarrant Esquire
the Editor of newspapers
Hongkong
[Black seal]
Sovereign

 

In July 1850 William Tarrant bought the Friend of China and Hong Kong Gazette, a bi- weekly. For many years he campaigned against official corruption in Hong Kong - corruption which Sir John Bowring when governor had acknowledged existed and which he had in vain endeavoured to suppress. In November 1858, Tarrant was convicted of a libel and sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment in the criminal side of Hong Kong jail. The heat and conditions were intolerable, his case was raised in the British Press and Parliament, and the Duke of Newcastle (Colonial Secretary) wrote to the Governor urging leniency or at least improvement of his conditions.

 

 
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