Execution of the death sentence of Dato’ Maharaja Lela: a letter to the 4th Earl of Carnavon

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(Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

This was a letter written in 1877 from Sir William Jervois, Governor of the Straits Settlements, to the Earl of Carnavon, regarding the execution of Dato’ Maharaja Lela, Dato’ Sagor and Pandak Endut for the assassination of JWW Birch in 1875. It is noted in the letter that Jervois abstained from interfering with the death sentence meted out although he had made recommendations for four of the other guilty persons to receive life imprisonment.

The letter mentions the ‘Rajah Muda’ which was Raja Yusuf (then Wakil Sultan/Regent) and JG Davidson, the then British Resident of Perak who was the predecessor of Hugh Low.

The Earl of Carnavon then was Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnavon, who was also Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1866 to 1878.

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