PRIVATE LETTERS OP
delicious climate, and is fertile and rich, might be developed by the outlay of capital, so that it alone would furnish a considerable trade, and be the depot of a depot, for the native trade in proas is slow and unwieldy ; but along this coast the trade would be carried on in small boats, which would readily make six or eight voyages here, to one voyage to Singapore. I am very decided on the great advantages to the commerce of the Archipelago by the development Tof this place,, and more decided still, on the vast field for Christianity. In a native state the missionary does not succeed, because his efforts are counteracted by th contempt and the indolence of the Malay rulers, and the oppressions practised on the Dyak tribes render them averse to all instruction which flows from the Malays, or through them, and it is quite out of the power of the poor missionary to bring them relief or happiness. Here, however, this power would be his-a he would be their guardian angel ; he would be the local authority to encourage them, and to repress the unjust demand of the Malay. In short, he would have every advantage, and his doctrine would be beneficially introduced by the amelioration of the temporal condition of a most unhappy race. Indeed, from what I have seen of these people, I should expect a rapid ad' vance in Christianity, when once they were relieved from oppression.
1st December, 1841.aThe preceding was written before the arrival of your letter bringing the sad news1st December, 1841.a The preceding was written before the arrival of your letter bringing the sad news