PRIVATE LETTERS OF
tify them, only to see their common-place green eyes, after believing all, beginning to doubt and open.
Some few, new and unheard-of truths, ought to be impressed on the gentle public ; the first is that to work mines, to cultivate land, to civilize wild tribes, to encourage immigration, requires time and capital, and involves some risk. Secondly, that when they play such a game, they ought to be gifted with patience, and not grumble if the chances go against them individually. Thirdly, That good government slowly, but surely, wins the confidence of oppressed people, but that the evils of bad government do not cease with the bad government itself; for governments impress their characteristic stamp on the people, and a distrustful dog snaps or slinks away, long after he is blessed with a kind master. Let them ponder these truths, new and unheard-of though they be, instead of turning up their noses. I am tired of these politics for the present, and must turn to your letter. The Dyak paper I am happy you approve of, and I hope it will appear in the Quarterly. You need say nothing about altering ; I am not jealous, and no author ; so, if you clip and cut I care not. I will desireato forward you a Singapore paper, where you will read a brief paper on Keppel's proceedings, and some general thoughts on piracy. Really, the good done with little effort, and little loss on either side, is beyond calculation. I should like to play the same game with others.
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