PRIVATE LETTERS OF SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
rect, as well as to punish, and the mode of doing so, is by going to their strong-holds. Merely hunting them at sea, is tedious, less efficient, and only causes them to baffle you, by changing their cruising-ground. Had Keppel remained, I should have hoped the best, now I am rather abroad again. I wrote Charlie, a long letter by the " Dido," and Keppel has promised to take every care of him, and should Keppel return here, he will get Charlie into his own ship. I have
likewise written to--, though it is probable, ere this,
he has started for England. I fear he has made a mess of it, and will now have no chance of his promotion. You see how long a letter I have writtenaI have no larger space for tittle tattle. God bless yon, my dear Charles.
Believe me, yours ever affectionately,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.