The Fort of Bengkulu
‘Our fort indeed stands in a swamp which can’t be very wholesome. But the country all about and even within half a musquett shot of us is as pleasant as you can imagine…. The heats are very moderate, we have less rain than falls in England, I hear very little thunder. But I have felt several earthquakes, however they give me no surprise.’
(Witnesses to Sumatra, Anthony Reid:
Joseph Collet, A governor’s life in Bencoolen, p. 126.)
coverpage of: Witnesses to Sumatra, by Anthony Reid.