SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
report be received. It will be unfair towards him. As for Keppel's book, I know not what to think ; but I do not much care. I believe my journal has a good deal of information ; but, like plums in a pudding, you must pick it out, the rest is but leather and prunella. The journal too is written current ecalamo ; it shows all my humours, and moods ; and worse, it shows my indolence and carelessness,amany a beginning of a subject without an endamany a sketch intended to be filled up into a chapter. The Celebes part, which will not be in the book, is the best. There is more there to write about, of active exertion and show. Another thing you must remember, is, that the first impressions, during the stay of some years, are succeeded by the second, and these by others, which necessarily causes flat contradictions of myself in various parts. Well ! Well! it signifies not; and I am pleased to hear the first part of the journal you liked. I hope Keppel will not make a hero of me ; it is a bore, and I am too quiet for a hero, and too reserved for a lion's skin, to deck my limbs. My comfort is, that I am in good company. The Hon. Henry Keppel will be leniently dealt with, and if the reverse, we are but a nine days' laughing stock.
I have nothing more to say, my dear Jack. My kind regards to your wife and the young lady, and all your circle. I have not seen Gordon, but hope to pick him up some day. We narrowly missed meeting, as " Espiegle" touched at Brune, a few days before us.I have nothing more to say, my dear Jack. My kind regards to your wife and the young lady, and all your circle. I have not seen Gordon, but hope to pick him up some day. We narrowly missed meeting, as " Espiegle" touched at Brune, a few days before us.