SIR STAMFORD RAFFLES TO COLONEL ADDENBROOKE, 10 June 18I91
SIR STAMFORD RAFFLES: BRITISH COMMERCIAL POLICY IN THE EAST INDIES, 18192
|The high importance of our connection with these countries, whether considered with reference to the national interest in general, or to those of British India particular.|
Memoir of Sir T. S. Raffles, by his widow, p. 379. Colonel Addenbrooke was late equerry to H.R.H. Princess Charlotte. In his report to Adam on 13 February 1819 ( Bengal Secret Consultations, vol. 308) Raffles declared that the occupation of Singapore had destroyed the political importance of Malacca: it had paralysed all hostile plans 'for the exclusion of our commerce and influence with the Malay States'. 'The spell is broken and one independent port under our flag may be sufficient to prevent the recurrence of the system of exclusion and monopoly which the Dutch once exercised in these seas and would willingly re-establish.'