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THE MISSION TO SIAM AND HUÉ
Finlayson, George.

THE MISSION TO SIAM AND HUÉ

The Capital of Cochin China, in the Years 1821-2. from the Journal of the Late ... With a Memoir of the Author, by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. John Murray 1826.
1st Ed. xxxi + 427pp. Engraved frontis. (offset). Some very light browning, rebound in modern half morocco with marbled boards, gilt motifs with gilt lettered title labels to spine. ODNB ‘... On resuming service in India in 1821 Crawfurd was appointed to head a mission to Siam and Vietnam, with the primary objective of opening up commerce. He made little headway with the suspicious local authorities and achieved no political and little commercial advantage, despite instructions to seek trade on liberal terms without demanding the exclusive privileges customary in the past. But the official report, which he submitted on his return to Calcutta in December 1822, provided invaluable information.... [Finlayson] accompanied John Crawfurd's mission to Siam and Cochin China as surgeon and naturalist, returning to Calcutta in 1823. By this time his health was thoroughly broken, and he died soon afterwards on the voyage back to England, of consumption. The journal which he had kept during the mission was edited, with a prefatory notice of the author, by Stamford Raffles, and published as [the above]...’
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