SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
John C. Templer, Esq,
Singapore, June 1, 1850.
My dear Jack,
I came from Penang after a wretched passage of seventeen days, and am now only waiting for the mail to decide on my future proceedings. If I can get a ship, I shall go to Siam, but if not, I shall ask the admiral for the " Nemesis" steamer, and pay a visit in her to Sarawak, Labuan, and the coast.
The admiral is a mild, pleasing, and considerate person, and his only misfortune is, his advanced age, which, however, he carries well.
I have little to say, or rather, I have too much to say, to say it comfortably. If I can go to Siam and get it over, so much the better, if not, I must work on the coast of Borneo. The real truth is, I have too extended a field to work over, and no assistance. There are great hopes of a flourishing exchequer at Sarawak, as we have certainly discovered tin, and if the quantity is workable, it will be a great thing for us all.
I am much better, and have certainly derived great benefit from my Penang trip, but I feel shaky and suffer from the hot weather of this place. I long for Sarawak, I am much attached to it, and I always feel regret, that my employ in Government service, obliges