paid for in opium of Bengal and Malwa, and the manufactures of Western India and Great Britain, principally cotton goods, together with various commodities from China, previously imported in Pinang. The supply of pepper had an astonishing increase about fifteen years ago, on that part of Sumatra. In 1814, Captain Canning, the envoy from the supreme government of Bengal, estimated the total produce of the west coast at only 47,000 piculs; of benjamin at 23,000 piculs, and camphor 16| piculs. Captain Gate Colonel) Coombs, who visited Acheen in the early part of the year 1818, estimated the imports and exports as follows:a
2,500 bales of cotton, at 80 Sp. dollars per bale .. 200,000 500 chests of opium, at the then price 1,300 dollars
per chest .. .. .. .. .. .. 780,000 Stick-lac, in value .. .. .. . a . * 40,000 150 coyans of salt, at 25 drs. per coyan .. .. 3,750 Coast earthenware .. .. .. .. .. 500 Salt fish from the Maldives.. .. .. .. 10,000 China goods .. .. .. .. .. .. 200,000 The piece-goods from Coromandel and Malabar,
he thought might be about .. .. .. 1,000,000
Total ...... 2,234,250
The value of the last may, perhaps, have been overstated, and it is believed a great reduction in these articles, as well as in cotton, has taken place since the extensive introduction, of late years, of British piece-goods and cotton-yarn. Besides the articles above enumerated, there were tobacco, and British goods of a vast variety, the demand for which could not be estimated with precision. These may be stated to consist of broadcloth, chintzes, white cloth, carpeting, iron, steel, cutlery, brass-wire, arms, and ammunition.