EAST COAST OF SUMATRA.
Malacca, and Singapore. Many of the inhabitants have accumulated considerable wealth, and are the owners of several large vessels. Slaves and horses are brought down from the interior in considerable numbers.
The shabundar informed the agent to the Pinang government, that there are not less than 600 trading prahus belonging to the port of Batu-Bara.
Batu-Bara is a free port, and the coins, weights, and measures are the same as at the other ports. By a late regulation, however, sicca rupees, half and quarter rupees, are also to pass current.
Assahan.a The commerce of Assahan has very much decreased compared with what it formerly was, but there are still about eighty prahus, of different sizes, belonging to the country, engaged in conveying the produce of the country to the British settlements, Malacca and the adjoining Malay states. Many prahus from Batu-Bara frequent Assahan, to procure rice and paddy. The chief imports consist of salt, opium and coarse blue and white cloths, for the consumption of the Battas in the interior; but many other articles, such as have been described to be imported into Delli and other places, are also carried to Assahan. The exports are,
Kayu laka, 01* dye wood
Mats (Bidei) large Horses
Do. (men, old)
lA drs. per picul.
10 a laxsa.
10 a 100 gantons. 1 a 25 to 30.
1 12 to 15. 32 a picul.
12 a corge.
10 to 20 each.
12 to 15.