PRIVATE LETTERS OF
latter can be turned into a place of defenc should the people prove faithless. Farewell, my dear uncle ; I will add a line touching the state of my health when an opportunity for despatching this occurs. With my best love, and c., to yo\i, and believe me,
Your affectionate nephew,
Rev. Charles Johnson.
Sarawak, December 4, 1849.
My dearest Charles,
i conclude ere this Charlie has left home, but I send you a letter I have written to him, which, as it contains my news, and our present condition, you can read before forwarding. Let the Savages and my uncle know that I am slowly recovering from one of my attacks of intermittent fever, and that I have, as far as it is possible to do so, made up my mind to retire on leave of absence for three months, to the quiet and cool climate of the hill at Penang. The medical man is urgent with me to do so, and I believe it will be the best plan of re-establishing my health ; but on |he other hand the * * * , and the local affairs of Labuan, may render it imperative that I run some risk to advance the public service.
I will not say anything of my future intentions, butI will not say anything of my future intentions, but