100 PRIVATE LETTERS OF
native once going wrong, knows not when or where to stop.
I am now, as yon will see by the date, aboard the " Phlegethon," after having visited several rivers on the coast. My object has been, to prevent these communities following the sultan's example, either in murder or piracy, and I find them all ready enough to disown his authorityafor the Brune rajahs are hated in their dependencies (if they can so be called), and it. was only Budrudeen's assurance, and attempt at good government, that had, in a slight measure, reconciled them to the authority of the capital.
This barbarous murder has made a deep impression upon me, and I sincerely grieve for the victims, but my personal position, instead of being injured, will probably be improved in power and influence.
I hope to live to revenge the death of my friends, and to be of some benefit, to the few who survive. If Government carries out its measures, after the punishment and deposition of the sultan, I imagine, as " the book " says, that the coast will be our own, and the poorer classes in Brune located at our new settlement. Brune may then be restored to its better rajahs, the brothers and relatives of Muda Hassim, and we may then command it more effectually than before; we may make the coal-mines our own virtually, and really protect the workers.
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