SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
have attached yourself much to the place, and being both expensive and non-productive, and without any particular claim on your affections, it is better perhaps to have got rid of it than to have remained. I really hope Anthony will purchase a place, because till that is the case, he will never be fixed, and always changing. I have the same feeling so strongly, that I declare, I would rather have a cottage, a freehold of mine own, all and entirely mine own, than a mansion and park on lease for five hundred years, with a vile landlord somewhere or other, with big prying eyes, and an intelligent agent, close at hand to see you did not convert oaks into firewood. I shall shortly commence indulging my imagination with the idea of a nice country-house, more country than South Broom, not so near the village or town, some three, four, or five miles from Cheltenham or Bath, which is not large or expensive, but boasts of a pretty pleasure-ground sort of farm, and is dignified by a snug little lodge. If you are in want of a lodge-keeper pray give it to my poor captain's widow, Mrs. ---.
1st October.aI must now bring my letter to a conclusion, with begging, and conveying to you my first act of government.
The unfortunate people who were conquered in the warathe rebelsagave their-wives and children as hostages for their future obedience, and they have since been held captive. My. first act has been to release these unfortunates from their miserable dungeon and to
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