102 PRIVATE LETTERS OP
Society pays me compliments! Am I not a great man ? I wish I had fortune, and then they should see that I deserve something. At present, my sphere^ though I am well content with it, is very crampedA With more fortune, I would come home, and return to this field and finish it, and that would be a solid monu^ ment of fame, for it would rest on grounds which reflection approves. I would say more, but I am in % great hurry. I intended to write you a very long letter, but the unexpected departure of the ship for Calcutta, has cheated you and me. I know however to hear I am very well will give you pleasure, and ease any anxiety which the length of my absence may have occasioned you. Write to me often. Many many loves to my dear sisters and their little ones, to Anthony and Charles.*
Your ever affectionate son,
John C. Templer, Esq.
Singapore, July 13, 1840.
My dear Jack,
A few lines, and a few lines only ; since my last I have nothing to communicate, as I am living quietly, and " Royalist " refitting, which she wanted sadly.
* Anthony Savage, Esq., and the Rev. F. C. Johnson, Rector of White Lackington, Sir James Brooke's brothers-in-law.* Anthony Savage, Esq., and the Rev. F. C. Johnson, Rector of White Lackington, Sir James Brooke's brothers-in-law.