PRIVATE LETTERS OF
you advise me to get Sarawak ceded in perpetuity,a-to make money,ato take care of myself, not to let others reap what I have sownain short, to be wise, prudent, and knowing. This is all excellent advice, but you forget that the leopard changes not his spots, and that much of your counsel is opposed to my character. Yet I do not say that I will neglect the advice, or that I will not make money, if the chance comes in my way, but I do not value money except as a means. To tell you candidly, I think I am much alteredaI do not value money or wish for itaI do not value rank, or desire it, and in my retirement, with the consciousness that I am doing good, I want but little that the world can give, and feel sure in the struggle after wealth or rank, there is more misery than poverty itself can inflict. Do not fancy me over philosophical ; but do not endeavour for, or ask any honours for me. I want them not ; and although I would, a year ago, have sought to be made a knight, because it would have been useful, yet now being useful no more, I do not care about it, and would rather not be tapped cm the shoulder. Another thing surprises me, which is, your talking of my being made Consul. If being made Consul, or called Consul will do any good, I will not refuse it ; but I do not like swallowing this pill, for I should not like to be less, than I am, though I care not much about being greater.
Wise's conduct has surprised me more, than I can express ; doubtless he means everything for the best,Wise's conduct has surprised me more, than I can express ; doubtless he means everything for the best,