Honourable Intentions – Paul H. Kratoska (1983) (1st ed)


Honourable Intentions – Paul H. Kratoska (1983) (1st ed)


A scarce collection of lectures on Malaya delivered to the Royal Colonial Institute between 1874-1928, by names such as Frank Swettenham, Hugh Clifford, George Maxwell, Charles Hose, etc.

Title: Honourable Intentions: Talks on the British Empire in South-East Asia delivered at the Royal Colonial Institute 1874-1928.

Author: Paul H. Kratoska (ed.)

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1983. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Ex-library book with usual library stamps and markings. Pages very clean, binding very tight. With black-and-white plates. 470pp., 8.5″x5.5″.

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From the Introduction:

The papers in this volume were delivered between 1874 and 1928 as talks before the Royal Colonial Institute, an organization created in 1868 to provide a meeting place in London for persons with a common interest in the British Empire and to help disseminate information about Britain’s overseas possessions…The papers collected here deal with British controlled territories in the Malay Peninsula and in north Borneo, the territories that were to become Malaysia.


  1. Settlements in the Straits of Malacca – Leonard Wray
  2. The Straits Settlements and British Malaya – Frederick A. Weld
  3. British North Borneo – Walter H. Medhurst
  4. The Malay Peninsula: Its Resources and Prospects – W. E. Maxwell
  5. British Rule in Malaya – F. A. Swettenham
  6. British Borneo – E. P. Gueritz
  7. Life in the Malay Peninsula: As It Was and Is – Hugh Clifford
  8. British and Siamese Malaya – Hugh Clifford
  9. Some Experiences of Colonial Life – Mrs. Douglas Cator
  10. Ceylon, The Malay States and Java Compared as Plantation and Residential Colonies – John Ferguson
  11. The Federated Malay States – Ernest W. Birch
  12. Sarawak: An Independent State within the Empire – Charles Hose
  13. Singapore and Naval Geography – Vaughan Cornish
  14. Some Problems of Education and Public Health in Malaya – George Maxwell
  15. Tropical Agriculture in Malaya, Ceylon, and Java – W. G. Ormsby-Gore
  16. Appendices
  17. Notes on Some of the Participants in the Discussion