Travels in South-Eastern Asia, embracing Hindustan, Malaya, Siam, and China. With notices of numerous missionary stations, and a full account of the Burman Empire with dissertation, tables, etc.
Two volumes (complete) bound as one thick book.
Vol I: All about Burma
Vol II: China, India, Malaya, Siam
A fascinating and very detailed day-by-day account of a missionary’s trip around Asia-Pacific and South Asia – we read about everything from the violent seas to the people, history, religion, customs, languages and wildlife of South-East Asia from nearly 200 years ago. Though this missionary was especially zealous and extremely dedicated to conversion work, he made detailed and (sometimes) impartial observations about the “natives”.
Of special interest is his chapter on Malaya covering the following topics:
Voyage to Singapore — Coasters — Prices of Passage in India — Straits of Malacca — Harbor and Town of Singapore — Climate — Productions — Commerce — Islamism — Population — Moral Character of Population — Orang Louts — Chinese Wedding — Missionary Operations — Malacca — History of the Settlement — Extent — Population — Progress of Christianity — Anglo-Chinese College — Common Schools — Malay Peninsula — Origin of Malay Race — Divisions — Keda — Perak — Salengore — Johore — Rombo — Pahang — Tringano — Calantan — Patani — Ligore — Character of Malays — Slavery -— Language