SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
3rd. Carefully and minutely to explore the rivers which flow into the bay, and to penetrate, if practicable, as far as the lake and mountain of Keenv Balloo.
4th. Every endeavour will be used to open a communication with the aboriginal inhabitants, and to conciliate their good opinion. I speak with great diffidence about penetrating into the interior of this country, for I am well aware of the insurmountable difficulties which the hard reality often presents, previously overlooked, or easily overcome on the smoothness Af paper, or in the luxury of a drawing-room. The two points chiefly to be relied on for tins purpose, are a friendly intercourse with the natives, and the existence of navigable rivers. It is mentioned by Sir Stamford Raffles on native authority, that a land communication of not more than forty miles, exists between Malludu Bay and Keeny Balloo, but neither this computation, nor any other derived from the natives, can be relied on, for the inhabitants of these countries are generally ignorant of any measure of distance, and their reckoning by time is so vague, as to defy a moderately certain conclusion. The fact, however, Af the vicinity of the lake to the bay is certain, and ^ follows as a reasonable inference, that the river
rivers flowing into the bay, communicate with the ' lake. The existence of such rivers, which were from tfce locality to be expected, are mentioned by Captain
Most of this north part of Borneo (he says) grantedMost of this north part of Borneo (he says) granted