The constitution of Siam is that of a feudal monarchy, not very dissimilar from the Japanese form of government, but with this difference, that the hereditary chieftains possess less, and the supreme rulers more power than in the neighbouring country. The general legislative and executive authority is vested in two kings, the first being the real occupant of the throne, and the second only nominally his equal.
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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Siam
1. Official Publications
- Reports of Mr. Thos. Geo. Knox, Consul at Bangkok, on the Trade of Siam, dated March 31, 1865; in, Consul at Bangkok, on the Trade of Siam, dated March 31, 1865; in ‘Commercial Reports from H.M.s Consuls in China and Siam. 8. London, 1865.Google Scholar
- Report by Mr. Knox, British Consul at Bangkok, on the Trade of Siam; in ‘Abstract of Reports of Various Countries and Places, received by the Board of Trade. No. XI. London, 1862.Google Scholar
- Report by Mr. Alabaster on the Foreign Trade of Siam; in ‘Abstract’ in No. XI. London, 1862.Google Scholar
- Report by Mr. Consul Shomburgh on the Trade of Bangkok, dated Bangkok, January 24, 1864; in, January 24, 1864; in ‘Commercial Reports received at the Foreign Office.’ London, 1861.Google Scholar
- Bouring (John), The Kingdom and People of Siam. 2 vols. 8. London, 1857.Google Scholar
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