SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
January and February. I have written Wise at large, and can wait with patience till something is done, or till endeavours for it. As for sending out merchants and limited capital, it is folly, for I am the trader, and monopolize the staple commodity. I hope, on all future occasions, you will if possible, prevent all persons from coming out on their own adventure, or until my sanction be obtained ; for really, situated as we are, persons of this description must injure themselves, and their ignorance of the native language must be an effectual bar to their trading in a small way. What
to do with or for--when he comes, I know not,
but I will do what I can ; people in England fancy that there is a large trade, they do not bear in mind that it is a trade which is to be fostered and developed gradually, and in such a process, a small capital can do nothing. Wise is annoyed with you, for keeping back my instructions, but I do not know how you could have acted better than complying with the wishes of my relatives. I have, however, explained, and I trust you will act with Wise for the advancement (I will not say of my interest) but that of Sarawak. It is most miserable to have few Mends, and those friends crossing each other. Wise seems to think that no higher objects
or interests existed than his agency. -and a
have behaved in the most liberal manner ; and have, so far from desiring the paltry agency that from the first (when they undertook the business at my request) they allowed me full liberty to act in the way I thoughthave behaved in the most liberal manner ; and have, so far from desiring the paltry agency that from the first (when they undertook the business at my request) they allowed me full liberty to act in the way I thought