' SIE JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
culties, if I recover health. I hope the Government will give me an efficient support. I always have, and shall always fear lukewarmness, and support we must liave, or the sooner the Government undoes all that has been done, the better. We do not want much, but what little we have, must be properly dispensed, active, and certain. If it is not so, the Government is wasting its money and sacrificing me, for you will readily see, unless I am really supported, I am clogged in my proceedings. I will not have a repetition of Sir Stamford Raffles' fruitless labours revived in my person. I shall however judge coolly, and fight manfully, and I shall be easy as to the result.
I trust you all continue well, and that you are getting through the winter without inconvenienceaI wish Susan, the dear girls, and yourself, a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Here, if we have no family merry-making, we enjoy serene and pleasant weather, and our time passes in a dull but pleasing routine.
I have not room to tell you of my proceedings against the pirates. Serebas has, however, yielded, confessed their piracies, and promised never to repeat them. If we receive some naval assistance, these pirates may be said to be cured of their evil propensity; of course aeglect will encourage them to begin afresh. I am likewise building a fort to blockade the Sakarran, and a village to check the exit of the Kanowit, and this
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