SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
my friendship for the rajah and Budrudeen, and the entire confidence they place in my integrity, my duty is plainly to reap for them the golden harvest which you offer me.
Whether it be through a company, or through an individual, the only safe basis for working the coalmines of Brune will be by amply remunerating the rajahs ; and provided at some future time, the authorities there should grant you the right of working coal at a stated yearly rent for a limited term of years, and that you should resell this right to a company, any profits which may accrue as my shareaprofits which you assure me will be vastaI make over to my Brune friends.
I repeat again, that I can in no wise participate in profits, which may arise out of a formation of a company, or any other project started in England, for it is incumbent on me to continue independent, in order to judge correctly the measures calculated to benefit this country ; and a correct judgment is only to be formed when all prospects of pecuniary advantage have been discarded, excepting such as flow naturally in the course of time and improvement.
I have thus stated the decision at which I have arrived, after the most mature and serious consideration of the subject ; and I am convinced it is the only decision which could ultimately ensure my own happiness, and the welfare of those entrusted to my government.
By this determination, our agreement for a partici-By this determination, our agreement for a partici-