PRIVATE LETTERS OP
intrude, or force opinion or advice. Until asked, I am silent. If I was governor of the Straits, with power to restrict the Dutch, I would spread the British name and commerce through many channels now shut, or unknown.
One thing I regret not having tried to effect whilst at home, and that is getting a knighthood, a civic knighthood. You know me well enough to believe that such a distinction would never be sought by m^ except to answer some purpose.
I believe the mere name would be very useful to me with natives and Europeans in this countryaa$ home, I would not accept it, or wear the title, and though convinced of its utility, I will not beg or ask it ; there are beggars enough in England. If they please to give it me on public grounds, as a barren reward, to facilitate a praiseworthy object, I would accept it.
I have written to Washington, but in haste. After another visit to the north-west coast, I will send a paper to the Geographical, as I before said, and he will then be able to follow me akeep him, however, informed on all these matters, and let him, or any of his friends, inspect the curiosities. Many kind regards to all your party at Bridport and Greenwich.
Poor--, how I grieve for him, yet I cannot
assist him. Such a propensity must be his ruin particularly when carried to such a desperate extentA aDesperate, I may, indeed, call it, for I am sure that, after being obliged to quit the service, he will loseassist him. Such a propensity must be his ruin particularly when carried to such a desperate extentA a Desperate, I may, indeed, call it, for I am sure that, after being obliged to quit the service, he will lose