Somdet Chao Phraya Si Suriyawang
The man who would become the very powerful regent of King Chulalongkorn was first a skilled advisor and negotiator under King Mongkut.
Si Suriyawong, the son of Rama III advisor Dit Bunnag, together with his father implored the British to be patient when Mongkut was rising to the throne. lt would be four years, in 1855, before Siam felt confident enough to risk dealings with Britain.
When they were ready, they had to deal with John Bowring, the governor of Hong Kong. He had warned Suriyawong beforehand how serious the British were about improving treaty terms -- they were prepared to use military strength -- so Suriyawong and Mongkut received their guest with great warmth.
Suriyawong's iob? Wearing Bowring down with complaints about the unfairness and inefficiency of the Siamese administration, complaints he had rehearsed for weeks beforehand with American missionaries.
-- From Nation Junior