An Enlightened Monarch. 15 n the greater por-
jnjhecountry, whieh practica y asregent; his
tion of the Western part ox o 4( gaiahome,a who,
only son is the prime minister or ^ talent as a
however, has not inherited his a .nistrative ability politician, nor has he any o . and out of Siam.
for which the regent was noted, o t^e Kromatah.
One of the ex-regentas half-brot ieis ^ ^ jj^ghness
I had the honour of paying a.vlSlan(rkok, when he the ex-Regent during my stay in A Since my
was in the seventy-fourth year o announced, an
return to Europe his death has ee ^ the
event which wifi have caused the keenetar king, and universal regret lbra,Ug ?ain;strative detaffl An important reform o encourage the\
adopted by the king has been ^ council of princes and officers of the a Sanabodi, state, to submit their opinions o ^ have resented practice which previous monarchs wo matters they as an intrusion. In these an s eople ; but he i* king is a century in advance of is p ^ ^is sun-making the most strenuous efforts educations
jects up to his own level, by foA the prose-\
and granting the most liberal aci geveral years'
cution of every form of researc . ge noblemen
past he has sent a number of young educated at
to England, France, and Germany, o ^ mjght his own expense, in order that t eir civili-
become enlarged by contact wit Prince
zation; and one of his younger ba*6aa edu. Swatisobohn, is at the present moment be a
cated at Oxford. , Europeans,
Although the king shows great avou ^ ^hem,
he does not display any undue pre i e^ 1 far as
and only avails himself of their assis a ^ means of their services are indispensable, an aand only avails himself of their assis a ^ means of their services are indispensable, an a