SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
authority, or hold Sarawak under his gift. I wait ! I hope ! I cannot doubt the decision in the case.
I say nothing about myself, except that I am unwell ; violent passions and sleepless nights are hard to bear, but I do my best. I wish not to complain, I lay no blame on any one. I look forward as much as I can, and backward as little, but I cannot and ought not yet, to forget my poor friends, who are in their bloody graves.
The signet ring (my own crest, and gift to him) that Budrudeen sent to me in his dying moments, is a pledge not to be false to him in death. It is a poor, a melancholy consolation, that he died so nobly; his last thought was upon meahis last request that I would tell the Queen of England how he perished. Surrounded by traitors, who still held back from his desperation, wounded to death and bleeding, he applied the match which blew himself, his sister and another wounded and faithful woman into eternity.
A nobler, a braver, a more upright prince could not exist. I have lost a friendahe is gone and I remain, I trust not in vain, to be an instrument to bring down punishment on the perpetrators of the atrocious deed. Farewell.
Ever your affectionate friend,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.