PRIVATE LETTERS OF
I went as a man in authority, to visit the capital. This, I believe, is all, and I sincerely exclaim with you, that I trust, ere long, our task will be accomplished.
You will have seen the accounts in the public prints of Mr. Murray's failure and death, in an attempt to found a settlement and open a trade in the Coti river on the east coast. Nothing could be more rash or injudicious than this attempt, and the result might readily have been foreseen.
I forward a Singapore " Free Press," with an article which has roused the Government to the subject of piracy. I wrote it, and I believe the suggestions are to be attended to.
The authorities of Singapore are very favourably inclined towards Sarawak, and it is to be regretted that the governor, Colonel Butterworth, is not conversant as yet with Straits affairs.
We are a very happy party here, and agree exceedingly well. No one could have been luckier in this respect ; there is not a bad temper amongst us. Stone-house is a great acquisition, and has taken charge of the household department. Steward is a great favourite, he lives near me, and is now building his house. Mine is just complete, and is called the " Grove." The situation is beautiful, with fruit and flower-trees in abundance. I count the days till the " Dido " arrives.
I am, and c.,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.