PRIVATE LETTERS OP
the ablest scholars are unable to trace the languag6 of the islands to the Asiatic continent, what is gain^ by proving this possibility ? On the other hand, it $ easy for a canoe to come from South America to island before the wind, and nobody that I am awaf6 of has turned his attention minutely, to deriving tb6 insular language, from the Eastern continent.
I think some of the dialects of the Kyans and otbef tribes, will throw some interesting light on these pa^ ticulars; for these dialects appear to me, though possessing some words in common with the Polynesia to differ very widely in their general characterain the?* genius, if I may so say. I have got much information I want to disgorge, but partly from its being not sA conclusive as I could wish, and partly from want of time, I delay it ; however it shall come soon. One fa^ I must state to you : the Dyakathe wild DyakanaiAe for God, is the same a3 the Hindooaas that of Bae in the present day (viz.) " Battara/' (the Avatara the Hindoos). I am pleased at getting this fact as ^ proves at least, that the Dyaks have, and long ha*e had, a notion of the Deity, and points out the sourc6 whence they derived their knowledge. Let me beg of you to read this dry question with patience, considef it, and give me your opinion, and get such information of what has been done and what is the prevail
opinion as you can. Mr, G--will help us,
Colonel J-will, I doubt not, give you his aid, botb
on the question itself, and to procure the vocabularies-on the question itself, and to procure the vocabularies-