PRIVATE LETTERS OP
think you, Mr. Jack? I have written a brief gram m ^ of their language. It certainly is bold in a man whQ does not know his own grammar to dabble in that of another ; but still (having guides) I think I have doi*A it well. 3rdly. Treacher has in charge the (is to b^ celebrated "Brooke Diamond." It is a remarkably stone, be it diamond or crystal. Look at it, and be wise. I call it the eye-bright.
Your May letter reached me a few days since, and at the same time your letter of the 17th May, 183^ Where the devil has it been? Thank you for you* kind congratulations on my safe arrival at the Cape of Good Hope ! This is all about my dear self, or my dear selfs affairs ; but I cannot help it.
I waited the May mail because I thoughta-I might
almost write hopedathe hinted communication of ----
would have come to hand ; but it came not, I should greatly have liked to have been dashingly employed or usefully ; but to have joined the fleet en amateur, without something to do, is not in my nature. As for privateering, though I talk about it, I am too proud to dirty my hands with such a trade. Do let me tell you, however, that the China war, in my opinion, is just and politic. The more we submit, the more we treat, the more we are bullied. I cannot say more ; but I send herewith some brief remarks made on an article in the " Spectator." God bless you.
Ever your affectionate friend,
J. Brooke. xJ. Brooke. x