SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
hardiest and most enterprizing race, are checked and hampered by Dutch restrictions, and this remark, applying most forcibly to them, is true of the whole trading interests, and renders all alike inveterately hostile to the Dutch.
It may be fairly concluded from the foregoing remarks, that the injury done to British interests by the cession of Java and the consequent loss of power, has been greatly counterbalanced by the misrule of the Dutch, since their undisputed re-establishment. The field is again open therefore, to any nation desirous of rivalling Holland, and little doubt can be entertained of the success of such an effort, if carried on by a course
policy and conduct the reverse in every respect of that pursued by the present monopolists. The fact must be always borne in mind, that the Dutch are masters of the Archipelago, only, because no other oation is willing to compete with them, and although any attempt by another power might, and would doubtless, be watched with the greatest anxiety and distrust, and every opposition direct and indirect be levelled against it, yet it could not be considered any infringement of acknowledged right or actual possession.
A liberal system indeed, recommended by mutual Avantage, would assuredly triumph over any local APposition, if not obstructed by European interests ; uAr is there any great reason to apprehend such a probability, unless, going from one extreme to another, we
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