SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
the resources and future prospects of this place. If the mad merchants and manufacturers like to send out their own productions here, let them, but they assuredly have not been misled by me. In faith, Jack, they want to make an Ei Doradoaan antimonial El Doradoaof this place, but with all their madness and keenness after gain, they will not, I observe, run the slightest risk of their dear pockets being touched, and whilst with the most praiseworthy magnanimity, they throw all the onus and expense upon my shoulders, they quietly vote away all means, by which I can support myself and my people.
In short, these wise people, with their wise schemes, would, situated as I am, ruin me, to obtain gains themselves, and then, when they had forced me to retire, they would find out, (and too late,) that the country returned to its former state of anarchy
Seriously, however, my friend, I wish you, whenever, and wherever you have an opportunity, to state plainly and roundly my opinion on this subject, viz ; that the N. W. coast of Borneo offers no immediate opening for British manufacture, beyond the quantity yearly supplied from Singapore ; that until the government be British, no merchants can trade with prospect of gain, amongst the natives ; that Sarawak is in my hands, and so will continue ; and that if they come, they must do so upon their own responsibility.
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