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letters of introduction and passports, for use on our unusual and somewhat perilous excursion. Touching the tips of His Grace's fingers, we then withdrew, having heartily but respectfully thanked him for the honour of the interview and its favouring results.
The prominent position in the government of Siam
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
which Chow Phya Sri .Sury Wongse lias occupied before the world for the past twenty years or more prompts me to add something further concerning this rare and admirable statesman. Ever since Sir John, Bowring's visit in 1855 the Eegent has been 'the real ruler of Siam ; ' his ability and influence are most