SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
only add, that whilst I continue to enjoy the high es; health, I have a mind buoyed up with the hopes of doing good. In such an undertaking we must act on a large scale, or as large a scale as we can. It is a grand experiment, which, if it succeeds, will bestow a blessing on these poor people, and their children's children will bless my name. If it fail, what is it but personal inconvenience, the sacrifice of style and luxury, but I shall not sleep the worse for my bed being harder, nor shall I be less happy in a cottage than in a mansion. For the rest let me refer you to my other letter. Several letters of yours have reached me, and I shall soon have the satisfaction of receiving others. Yfrur surprise at the first intelligence of my having entered into this scheme was natural, but I derive great happiness in knowing that my mother appreciates the motives on which I have acted, and believes that I have that devotion of character, which would lead me in the path of good, even at a sacrifice. Success will justify me to all, but it is those alone who, seeing and knowing the difficulties of the undertaking, approve it on the whole, in spite of some prudential twinges whose opinion is really worth having. My dear uncle's * illness has, I trust, long since left him, and that he is restored to his usual health. I propose giving him a letter by the next return of my vessel, and I would rather have his judgment on what I am doing than that of any other person in the world. I * Major Stuart, of Hillingdon, near Uxbridge.
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