LOT 587
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[Shipwreck] Correspondence respecting the Wreck of the "Nisero" 1884

and the detention of her crew by the Rajah of Tenom. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of her Majesty. 1884. London. Printed by Harrison and Sons for Hansard. London [et al]. File, 35 x 25 cm., cord-bound with Rapporten Netherlands No. 1 to 6, total of ca. 300 pp. (1884) + an offprint from: Bijdragen en mededelingen van het Historisch Genootschap. Vol. 78 pp. 278 to 325 on: De Nisero-kwestie, Professor Harting en Gladstone, medegedeeld door Prof. Dr. W. Ph. Coolhaas. J.B. Wolters. Groningen + an article from The Straits Times Annual, 1961 pp. 54-55.

The work discusses the shipwreck of the Nisero, the imprisonment of her crew by the Rajah of Tenom, the negotations for the release of the crew by Mr. W.E. Maxwell, representative of the British Crown, and the release itself. The complications which had to be dealt with were mostly of a political nature. The area was governed by the Dutch and contested by the Rajah of Tenom. This made the negotations slow and sensitive. Eventually the local Dutch authorities gave permission to the official plenipotentiary of the British Crown to start the negotations. The crew (insofar they had not succumbed to malnourishment) was released. Mr. W. E. Maxwell remained in captivity until a ransom was paid.

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