SIR JA3ES BROOKE, K.C.B.
intrigue against an individual, and sought to conceal it from him, until he was separated from his friends and advisers.
However, dear Richard, it is our duty to obey the Government which rules our country for the time being ; and 1 wait the commission, therefore, with something of curiosity, but nothing of fear. More than this I know not on the subject.
I came out, as you are aware, early in April. I was not well when we got to the Red Sea. I said I would enjoy repose ; but it was only repose of body, for my mind preyed upon itself. I dwelt upon the persecution of five yearsaupon the wrongs which have been done me, and upon the crowning act, perpetrated by those, from whom I should have found support.
I arrived in Singapore, and after a fortnight's stay there, embarked for Sarawak. It was within sight of the mountains of my own land, that I was attacked by a frightful smallpox. I wrote an account of my illness to Templer, which I asked him to show you, so I need only add here, that I am convalescent, very comfortable, with a good appetite, and just able to crawl, with a little support, from one room to another.
1 shall be a good deal disfigured ; but my friends will not esteem me the less, for being a little uglier late in life.
I now look upon the commission with perfect com-I now look upon the commission with perfect com-