Dr David Richardson undertook a series of missions whilst Assistant Commissioner in the Tenasserim Provinces (including modern-day Thailand and Myanmar). This material includes some of his journal of his mission to Siam, and a report and letters to E.A. Blundell, Commissioner in the Tenasserim Provinces.
Papers of Dr David Richardson
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- ReferenceGB 891 DR
- Dates of Creation1837 - 1839
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 archival folder handwritten
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Dr David Richardson was a surgeon in the Madras European Regiment who saw military action in the 1824-26 war in Burma when he escorted a group of wounded to safety.. He was seconded as a political officer to the administration of the new British territory of Tenasserim Provinces where he rose to be a senior assistant to the Commissioner, E.A. Blundell, with responsibilities for justice, finance, health, education and civil affairs. Richardson was chosen for his "scientific acquirements" and "mild and conciliatory manner". He was an excellent linguist. Richardson undertook a mission to the King of Siam in Bangkok in 1839. The material within these Papers is mainly to do with this mission.
Richardson married a Tai-speaking woman and died, age 49, in Moulmein. He translated and annotated a comprehensive and influential Buddhist legal text, the dhamathat or the laws of Menoo, which was published in 1847.
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It is unknown as these papers came to the Royal Asiatic Society.
This material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.
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These papers are mainly addressed to E.A. Blundell, Commissioner of the Tenasserim Provinces, so it is possible that they were in his possession or were rough drafts belonging to Richardson.