102 PRIVATE LETTERS OP
shells. There are some fine birds, but I think not rare, being the produce of Malacca and Singapore, partly boughtapartly shot.
From Borneo I shall be able to send some better worthy, for I expect treasures, though very difficult to get at My intention is first to visit Sarawakaa river whence they get antimony ore, as yet unknown and unmarked on the charts- At Sarawak I hope to get hold of the Rajah of Borneo Proper and go up to the capital with him, and, if possible, make an excursion up the river. I feel confident something is to be done, though the field is one remarkably difficult to get at From the character of this Borneo rajah, I am led to believe, he may be made by good management and some presents, subservient to my views, but in case he fails, I shall proceed according to my original intention to Malludu Bay, and return by Celebes, thus making the entire round of the island.
I am happy to say that I continue well, and exercise myself a good deal at fives every morning from six to eight o'clock. Hie weather, though hot, is delightful to me, and I never wish to exchange it for the chilly climes of England. Indeed had I not my mother, sisters, and some good friends like thee, Jack, I should be tempted never to trouble it again, for be it said, I am always happier and better in a warm climate.
My affairs aboard go on pretty well, but not so satisfactorily as I could wish. -is very useful, but
the cause of much evil, and hated by every soul aboardthe cause of much evil, and hated by every soul aboard