PRIVATE LETTERS OF
Herewith are the depositions. I would not get more, as these are so conclusive.
The news may be briefly told. All continues quiet, and Sarawak has increased by five thousand families of Malays, since your departure, chiefly within the last month, however. Sheriff Sahib is at Santang, in the interior of the Pontiana River. Sheriff Muller, up the Batong Lupar, four days' journey : he has applied to me to allow him to come back, which I have refused, as far as I have anything to say, and discouraged. Sheriff Jappa has left Linga, andis about, with my permission, to settle at Sheriff Sahib's old place, Sangi. - told you all about the translation, or transplantation, of Muda Hassim : he established his influence in Borneo.
Labuan, for the objects of government, as far as I hear them, is superior to Sarawak, more central, more
commanding, possessing coal, and isolated.--talks
large now of two or three establishments. I conceive this out of the question ; and if for Sarawak or Labuan your measure be carried, it is as much as I expect.
This will reach home, and, perhaps, a longer letter, before " Dido " reaches Portsmouth. My kind regards to all shipmates with you, and believe me ever, my dear Keppel,
Your sincere friend,
P.S. I am struggling with the shakes. My head is not clear, nor my eyes ; so you must manage to decipher as you can.P.S. I am struggling with the shakes. My head is not clear, nor my eyes ; so you must manage to decipher as you can.