PRIVATE LETTERS OP
captives, and the rest, followers of two of the rajah's brothers I had with me. I hope to be another year without moving to Borneo or elsewhere. We have just got in hand a small garden, which is a source of amusement to us all, and I hope will at a future day, supply our table with vegetables. I have now a flock of sixteen goats, and one cow. My farm and diamond mine in the interior get on badly, being badly managed ; as yet we have not lifted the diamonds, and the dam which stops the river has, I hear, been washed away.
I have had no news as yet of the " Wolverine," though I dare say by this time she has proceeded on
her way to China. I wrote to -, and one or two
other friends to have Charlie* ashore, and make much of him, and should very much have liked to have seen both him and Willes.f All the news at the beginning of March was very good, and I hope the return of " Royalist" will likewise bring me accounts of all those I love, being in good health. You will be a little fid-getty perhaps by the non receipt of letters a month after they are due ; if after the receipt of this, two more months elapse without letters, you must not be uneasy, as I shall probably have to send " Royalist" to Borneo again. " Royalist" will sail in six or seven days, which runs me hard with my correspondence, as I have a long letter to write to Singapore about my Borneo
* Charles Johnson, Sir James Brooke's nephew.
f Captain Willes Johnson, R. N.f Captain Willes Johnson, R. N.