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add, except that we wait impatiently for " Dido/' who is coming. Wise, by his letter of the 6th April,
mentions having had an interview with Lord--, and
appears to have acted with moderation and judgment
during it. Lord--seems disposed to assist us with
a sloop, and some name (as British Resident) for me ; this will do famously. I am not to drag Her Majesty's Government into a second New Zealand scheme. I have only suggested to Wise, and suggest to you, that a small steamer would be cheaper and more effective, or if that cannot be, two (or even one) gun-boats such as at Singapore. I have ordered one and will lend her for nothing, if I may man her, or Government will man her. Your kind letter of the 4th April ! need I tell you how sincerely I rejoice in your expected prosperity, and how constant a source of satisfaction it is to learn of your domestic happiness. If the first is not, the second may be called Brooke,* and you may be sure I will love him for his father's sake, till he has some personal claims upon me. I am happy too to learn so good an account of all the family branches of your paternal tree.
For ourselves I have nothing to add, except that I hope in two or three mouths to drop all my commerce into the hands of Ruppe, Hentig, Steward, and Wisea if he likes ; at any rate, he will get the agency. From what I have seen lately, and heard likewise from good
* This refers to the expected birth of a child.* This refers to the expected birth of a child.