PRIVATE LETTERS OP
think there will be the same length of time elapse, as last year, without your hearing, for I was then arranging the settlement, and could not despatch a vessel ; but this year and in future, letters will be pretty regular every month or two months, except the months of January, February, and March, when we have no cer*-tain communication. I am not going to fill my letter to you with the affairs of the country, for these you will learn from Margaret, Emma, and Charles, and Anthony, but I must briefly tell you, that things go on as well as I expected or better, and though I have many difficulties and many troubles, yet none such as I cannot surmount, with patience or vigour. The native population of Sarawak and the Dyaks, are settled beyond my most sanguine hopes, and I have been able to ameliorate their condition in many particulars. My name (the terror of my name), and my personally watching the rivers from time to time, has deterred the piratical Dyaks from slaughtering our tribes for the last six weeks, and even this is a great respite, and shows how much may be done in future. Our own Dyaks are taking heart and gathering their tribes, which have been scattered and hunted before, and I have only had to complain of one Dyak chief, who has taken part with the opposition, but whose followers have deserted him ; so that in a month I mean to elect a new head to their tribe, and displace the old one.
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