AND COCHIN CHINA.
sequent years, the account of the trade was taken more in detail, and as the absence of all duties and charges left few motives for concealment, the results are perhaps as accurate as the greater number of regular customhouse returns. The following is an abstract of the trade of the place for the years 1824, 25, and 26 :
Span, dollars. Span, dollars. Total.
1824 . 6,914,536 . . . 6,604,601 . . . 13,519,137
1825 . 6,289,396 . . . 5,837,370 . . . 12,126,766
1826 . 6,863,581 . . . 6,422,845 . . . 13,286,426
It appears from this statement, that in the years 1825 and 1826, so calamitous to the general commerce of the world, the value of the trade of Singapore, before so rapidly progressive, suffered some slight diminution. On inspecting the returns, however, it appears that the real quantity of goods, imported and exported, had considerably increased, and that the diminution in amount arose from depreciation.
There is no Asiatic and few European ports of which the trade is so diversified as that of Singapore. The following are the branches into which it may be naturally divided: The trade with Great Britain and the continent of Europe, with the British and other European possessions on the continent of India, with Malacca and Prince of Walesa s Island, with New South Wales, with the Mauritius, with the Dutch possessions in the Archipelago, with the Spanish possessions in the same or Philippines, with South America, with China, in European vessels and Chinese junks, with Cochin China and Kamboja, with Siam, with the Bugis nations, with Borneo, and with Sumatra and the Malay peninsula. Of each of these I shall give a succinct account.
The first direct arrival from England to Singapore was in the year 1821; in 1822, four ships cleared out with cargoes for the European mar-