SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
friction is laid on prahus, or vessels under Dutch or other colours. Respecting monopolies, I am obliged, in order to meet the expences, to retain the exportation of antimony ore in my own hands. Is this so heinous a crime, and will the Dutch throw the first stone at my glass-house ? Like the governments of Sambas, Pontiana, and Singapore, I have an opium farm. If I was to abolish it, the revenues of Sambas and Pontiana would suffer considerably, from the smuggling of that article over-land, which would inevitably follow. So far then, the Dutch authorities are, or ought to be, much obliged to me. It is only a month or two since, that I received polite and friendly letters, from the sultan and the resident of Sambas, requesting me to recover a debt due to the former, from the Chinese settled here.* A debt contracted in Sambas by them and by other Chinese, living now in Sambas. At their request, I have endeavoured to make an equitable arrangement for the payment of the sultan's eleven thousand rupees, and in order to enable the Sarawak portion of the Chinese Company to meet the demand, I have remitted the current year's revenue due to myself. Yet the fi noble Brutus " says I am malicious. Looking at it purely in a selfish point of view, nothing advances the prosperity of Sarawak so greatly, as the Dutch restrictions on tradeanothing would injure Sarawak so much, as Sambas being a free port. The
* The two following letters, Nos. 2 and 3, show the correspondence on this subject.* The two following letters, Nos. 2 and 3, show the correspondence on this subject.