100 PRIVATE LETTERS OF
her friends ; it is very cheap. Farewell, my dearest uncle ; with every kind wish, believe me,
Your affectionate nephew,
Sarawak, December 4, 1849.
My dear Uncle,
My best excuse for not writing to you before is, the weak state of my health, which has disabled and disinclined me for all work. Repeated attacks of intermittent fever bring me very low, and when I rally, which I usually do rapidly, the least exposure, anxiety, or derangement causes a return of the enemy. Under all the circumstances, and by the earnest request of the medical man, I have resolved (as far as I can) to retire for three months, to the quiet and the cool climate of the Hill at Penang. I feel pretty sure it would completely re-establish my health; but if the local affairs of Labuan require it, something must be risked for the sake of the public service, and to put than right again.
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