PRIVATE LETTERS OF
my absence, for the natives are attached to me, present or absent, by the very best of all tiesaself-interest.
I am (directly my treaty can be got ready) ordered to proceed to Brune, to get the sultan's signature appended thereto, and I anticipate no difficulty.
Whilst the translations are preparing I have not hesitated to detach the " Nemesis " in search of a large pirate fleet, which is cruising about Lingin and Banca Straits. The Dutch authorities reported it here, and the account is confirmed by several natives from that part of the world. Rumour says, that the fleet consists of eighty prahus of a large size, from Sulu and its vicinityathat they have captured very many traders, and engaged, twice, the Dutch gun-boats, without sustaining defeat ; moreover, that they passed, in bravado, in front of the small Dutch station Mintow, on Banca, so near that an American merchant-ship fired at them, from the anchorage.
I have nothing else to tell you. I will not revert to any painful subject ; but look steadily forward to our meeting ; now that the idea has once got into my head it daily grows in intensity.
Farewell, ever dear friend,
Most affectionately yours,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.