This volume consists of letters and covering memos from the Government in Bengal to the Lieutenant Governor/ Resident of Penang. It covers the period of Sept 1812 - Sept 1813. The record shows Raffles appointment as the Resident of Fort Marlborough (English fort in Bengkulu City, Sumatra).
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