PRIVATE LETTERS OF
I have remonstrated strongly at home on the admiral's withdrawal of all naval force, from these seas. How often, dear Jack, I think of the days gone by, when we used to be so much together ; if I advantaged you, when young, how much happiness, comfort, and advantage did you afford me. God bless thee. The day after to-morrow I leave with my prahus, and put to sea next day : it must be done to protect the natives.
Adieu, your sincere and affectionate friend,
No. 107. Mrs. Johnson.
H. C. S. " Nemesis," May 17, 1849.
My dear Sister,
This is to say that I left Brooke in supreme charge in Sarawak, whilst I proceed to Sulu to make a treaty. We are all charmingly well, and in good spirits. Brooke may not find an opportunity by this mail of letting you know his news, so I write by a stray brig, we have by good luck picked up at sea.
Ever your affectionate brother,
J. Brooke.J. Brooke.