PRIV ATE LETTERS OF
prostration of strength consequent on it warns me of the consequences, if I seek not a total change. I am so useless likewise, and so unable to go through, what I am called upon to do, that I obey the dictates of prudence, and in February next, leave Singapore for Malta. From Malta, at the end of March, I shall cross to Naples, and from Naples travel northward with the spring via Rome, Florence, Milan, to Geneva,
On or about that famed lake, I propose halting for a season to enjoy myself, and to luxuriate in the beauties of Switzerland. You require change, why should not Emma and yourself with Harry and Emmy* meet me on the shores of Lucerne. The journey there by Paris on the Rhine is nothing, and when you get there, take a house, or establish yourselves comfortably near Geneva, on the lake, or near it, and I will join you, and we can enjoy ourselves in a thousand ways, free of care and of the world. We can fish, and walk, and ride, and visit all the renowned scenes in the vicinity.
Now is not this a charming plan, and will it not induce you to adopt it, to derive all the benefit it promises. You are not more than myself, a denizen of cities, but there we shall have lakes and mountains, glaciers and chalets, waterfalls and woods, and devil's bridges, and castles and convents. Freedom, in short, and exercise, and air, and pure water, and none of the petty restraints of society. I think this will tempt you
* Sir James Brooke's nieces.* Sir James Brooke's nieces.