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As a detective, I deduce that Raffles's relations with his parents and his three sisters, Mary Anne, Leonora, and Harriett, were Since History is so stingy with us, will unusually pleasant to begin with, or they would have given way before he grew up. There are not members can long maintain selves, many family circles whose a civilized politeness among them- under poverty's erosion. Of course Alger mothers arc always sweet, but Alger mothers let their sons use candles they all the Mrs. Raffles didn't want— quite play the game.

Could it have been Raffles's mother? The ladies of his family, depending as they did on Thomas for nearly every penny they had, could not have been overjoyed when he fell in love and planned to marry. At twenty-three, too, and to a widow old enough to be— well, scarcely his mother, but I don't doubt the detail hasn't Raffles ladies used the well-worn phrase just the same. The biographer Demetrius Boulger has gone to a good deal of trouble to find out what he could about Olivia and Fan- He was led astray by the one mention of the first wife Lady Raffles allowed herself, but after he ran the inaccuracy to ground he managed to dig up plenty of well-annotated information.

One theory was that a bad drainage system poisoned the water. The harbor of George Town, too, was good. As long as Francis Light lived he ran the colony under the title of superintendent of trade, but he died in 1794 and his place was taken by a lieutenantgovernor, who had other duties concurrently and so let things slide. In 1800 the Company made another arrangement with the Rajah and bought the island outright, but nothing else was done about this promising little possession until 1805, the date which interests us on Raffles's account.

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