SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
The latest news is, that Sarawak and Labuan progress very favourably, and the latter is quite healthy.
The American envoy having publicly spoken of the President's letter* and his appointment, it cannot longer be a secret. The envoy, when at Sarawak, congratulated me on the success of my endeavours for the suppression of piracy ; and proposed a convention between the two nations on the most liberal basis, giving to the flag of Sarawak, the same privilege in the ports of the United States, as the American flag, and vice versa.
I have not seen the envoy, and shall not enter into the convention (which is sufficiently harmless) till I hear from Lord-.
I send you a Singapore " Free Press," with a long article in reply to the " Examiner."
I was going to mention something about the firms of Rappa and Henry, and Moses and Johannes, which are mentioned in the " Daily News," but it is not worth while. The trade of both these firms with Brune and Sarawak, had ceased before I reached Singapore, in 1839, and their transactions before, were with the native rajahs, cruelly oppressive to the poor in consequence, and one of the causes of the civil war in Sarawak. When, by my exertions, that war
* This refers to a letter Sir James Brooke had received from the President of the United States, addressed to him as the ruler of the state of Sarawak.* This refers to a letter Sir James Brooke had received from the President of the United States, addressed to him as the ruler of the state of Sarawak.