SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
countrymen, it is no easy task so to shape our conduct, as to preserve at once their affection and their respect, how much more difficult must this task become to an official person, whose duties bring him in contact with a race of people, so differing from himself in habits, manners, and above all, in morality.
I re-state, therefore, that too great a familiarity with the natives, is injurious to the estimation in which an official person should be held, and is incompatible with the high character for justice, for morality, and for right feeling, which the European gentleman should maintain with the native princes, and the local authorities.
In the same manner, the consequent hourly intercourse with the better class of natives, renders it less easy for the poorer people to gain approach for the purpose of privately stating their grievances, and is moreover so far detrimental to justice, that the bearings of a case are too often discussed, before the case is brought into court.
I could add many other remarks of minor importance, but content myself on the present occasion, by recalling your attention to rules which I have laid down, I hope with sufficient clearness, to guide your future conduct, from the date of the receipt of this communication.
Believe me, dear Sir, truly yours,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.