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cated man, reads and writes English, and knows something of our literature and science. His brother, Chow-Fa, is about thirty years of age; reads and writes like his brother ; handles a sextant admirably ; understands a good deal of astronomy and navigation, has a great mechanical turn, and has himself made a small steam-engine and fitted it in a boat ! ! And these two are the legitimate brothers of the old savage king, who seized the throne. And are they not worthy instruments ?
I am glad to give you a favourable account of my health, but, nevertheless, I desire to return to England for a year's quiet and bracing ; and come I shall, if our affairs progress well, and the exchequer flourishes. This place (Singapore) is dull, and not much to my taste ; I live very quietly, take my morning and evening ride, and rarely go out or see company. Our party, that is Brooke, Grant, and St. John, is a happy one, but we all prefer Sarawak to Labuan, and Labuan to Singapore. Farewell, dear friend, give my warmest regards to your wife, and all the families, and believe me
Your sincere and affectionate friend,
30^ June, 1850.aThe mail will arrive to-morrow, and to-morrow, my correspondence being finished, I fly from civilized life for three days, to the other side of the island.30^ June, 1850.a The mail will arrive to-morrow, and to-morrow, my correspondence being finished, I fly from civilized life for three days, to the other side of the island.