SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
I sincerely desire to see my way clearly, and to do my duty, without being influenced by passion or any other base motive, and I am quite certain that the sort of ambition which would influence the multitude, and be attractive to men of my class and rank, would not sway me for an instant ; as long as I am out of the world I can set a right value on its distinctions and applause. I would not answer for myself, if drawn into the vortex of paltry ambition or personal rivalry ; for I have passions strong enough to mislead me, and an imagination vivid enough to convert tinsel into gold, and to deck the struggle of faction or opinion with the halo of principle Lucky, therefore, I esteem myself that I am far from the scene of petty strife, and able to devote myself to the performance of actual and tangible good in Sarawak and its neighbourhood.
I will only say one word about the-clique and
their abuse. If there is anything advanced, which my friends consider worth answering, will you let me know, and send me the specific accusation to be answered? If you will do this, I shall rest quite content, and I'shall not take the trouble to read, what may be said about me, or about the pirates.
2nd. Would it be advisable to print portions of my letters to yourself, to Keppel, and c.*
3rd. If you hear the nonsense advanced about more blood being shed than was necessary, you may men-
* This was the suggestion which led to the present work. See the reasons in the Preface why it was not undertaken before.* This was the suggestion which led to the present work. See the reasons in the Preface why it was not undertaken before.