SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
to be fostered, if not they will run the country. If the rajah's brothers pay for the ore, the profit will be a mere nothing. If I give them goods at Singapore prices, to buy stones with, then to me there will be no profit on the stones, and it will not be a small quantity. The only way that I can see of making the rajah's brothers comfortable, is by supporting them from Samarahan, and if the rajah held Samarahan strictly,
and prevented--and others from taking every
thing of value, the rajah's brothers might be comfortable. About the stones the Chinese owe the rajah, I will speak to Atien, to pay as soon as they can ; but these stones will be of no use, if the rajah pays me with them. When the Chinese pay the rajah his seven hundred or eight hundred pikuls, I will buy them from bira ; let our old debt remainafor I do not wish to be paid by him or his brothersatill they are all rich. Strictly speaking, there can be no debt between us. I only wish that he was very rich, or that I was richer.
About the debt from-, I have no such feelings :
and though I cannot ask him to pay the ore, because he cannot get it as formerly, yet it is just and right he should give me back the goods he took, or pay me the Singapore prices, with an addition for the freight here.
This I will ask of-and the others, but the good
ones may take their time.