PRIVATE LETTERS OF
is very very hard. One good blow straight from the shoulder, is worth half-a-dozen round about fillips.
Mind, I do not mean to blame men, but circumstances. Bethune views the question somewhat in the same light as myself, and besides he is an agreeable and gentlemanly person.
Sir Thomas Cochrane was very polite, almost kind when I met him in Singapore, and I hope something from him.
This is the end of my miseries, and after all I hope things may turn out better than I anticipate ; if Sir Thomas act, all will be well, if not, we shall go to the devil, and Brune will be destroyed. Let us hope however for the bestaI will hope against hope.
I hope you have got nothing but pleasant news for me in your March letter, which we shall get on our return to Singapore. Now let me, with every kind wish, conclude. I hope you are all as happy as usual, and if you be, I have nothing better to wish you. Farewell, may good luck attend you, and Believe me,
Your affectionate friend,
The following letter was sent about this time to the Rajah Budrudeen, as a precis of the steps necessary to relieve the power of Borneo in this crisis.The following letter was sent about this time to the Rajah Budrudeen, as a precis of the steps necessary to relieve the power of Borneo in this crisis.