Intervention in the Malay States, 1871–3
SIR HARRY ORD’S sick-leave was Colonel Archibald Anson’s opportunity. Ever since he had arrived in June 1867, Anson had been dissatisfied. He found Penang ‘a very forsaken place’, his offices ‘dismal’, and the governor overbearing. For a man of Anson’s sociable and rather pompous character the lieutenant-governorship must have been a galling position.1 When he went to Singapore to administer the Government, in February 1871, he was determined to make the best of it.
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