From jacket flap:
The Anecdotal History, which is one of the principal sources for the study of the history of 19th century Singapore, contains a veritable mine of information on all aspects of British administration and society in Singapore. It is particularly valuable to the scholar because it includes numerous and extensive quotations from all kinds of sources many of which are no longer extant.
First published in 1902, the book was a labour of love, and, like other similar undertakings, was unremunerative. But in the author’s opinion, his work was more than rewarded, because during his researches he discovered the original Treaty made between the Temengong of Johore and Sir Stamford Raffles, dated 16 February 1819, which authorized the British occupation of Singapore.
A note on the author:
The author, Charles Burton Buckley, was for nearly 50 years one of the best known residents of Singapore, with a very intimate knowledge of all facets of Singapore history and society. During his sojourn in Singapore, Buckley was with the form of A.L. Johnston & Co. for 11 years, and then, after a short venture at Chendras gold mine, near Mt. Ophir, he took up the study of law, and joined the legal firm of Rodyk & Davidson. He was for many years the Confidential Adviser of the Sultan of Johore and also Hon. Adviser to the Johore Government. He died in London on 22 May, 1912.