SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. 13
improve lands she holds by as good a title as any the Dutch can show, and whether doing so, she shall use the full ascendancy of her national Position, to extend her commerce, and distribute her manufactures, among a people who have always when permitted shown their craving for mercantile adventure ?
A strong government established in Malludu Bay, a British territory, capable of extension, and possessing mternal resources, having sufficient authority to cultivate a good understanding with the native governments, and spread inferior posts over the Archipelago, as opportunities offered, would effect this object, and without infringing upon the claims of any foreign state, ensure a commercial footing on a scale never yet developed in this portion of the world. Malludu Bay, situated at the northern extremity of Borneo, has been mentioned as best adapted for the purpose in view, on several accounts.
1st It is a British possession.
2nd. There is no great Malay or Bugis settlement m its vicinity.
3rd. It is the place where in all probability a direct intercourse may be held with the Dyaks of the interior.
4th. The position relative to China is advantageous.
5th. It forms the western limit of the Archipelago, and our new settlement at Port Essington bounds it to the eastward. The climate and soil are well spoken a a a river flows into the bay, and is reported to com-5th. It forms the western limit of the Archipelago, and our new settlement at Port Essington bounds it to the eastward. The climate and soil are well spoken a a a river flows into the bay, and is reported to com-