PRIVATE LETTERS OP
have another opportunity of writing you, mentioning details. The state of affairs in China is awfulatwo millions sterling worth of opium has been given up without a struggle, and it is doubtful whether this concession has had the desired effect We have no news here later than March. The opium clippers are at a stand-still, and c., ee., all of which you will learn from the public prints. I received two letters from Jem,* the last notifying his intention of proceeding to Sydney. No opportunity offers of sending him letters. He] seems in raptures with Manilla !
Singapore is a very pleasant little place ; the residents are homely and hospitable. I live with Mr__
my agent, a young man, pleasant, and very kind. The country is diversified ; the state of native society extraordinary; the commercial importance of the place considerable ; the neighbourhood unknown ; in natural history confinedasnakes, insects, and fish, abundant abirds few, and animals fewer.
God bless you. My kind regards to all friends ; and I believe me, dear Jack, your attached friend,
P. S. I have not, and ought to have, heard from you ; the February overland despatch having arrived. Don't forget there is an overland mail once per month. *
* James Lethbridge Templer, the Editor's eldest brother, and the early friend of Sir James Brooke. His untimely death in Neif South Wales, in the year 1845, is alluded to in a subsequent letter* !* James Lethbridge Templer, the Editor's eldest brother, and the early friend of Sir James Brooke. His untimely death in Neif South Wales, in the year 1845, is alluded to in a subsequent letter* !