SIR JA3ES BROOKE, K.C.B. 277
Thus concludes this eventful history to the present timeaand what Englishman can read the story, and not feel proud that Sir James Brooke is his countryman. With what noble energy and resolution, did he oppose himself to the clamour which was raised against him, upon the ostensible ground, that the Serebas and Sakarrans were not piratesameeting statement with statementaargument with argumentauntil the point was abandoned by his adversaries, and (assuming him to have seen and approved the Government instructions *) at last even by Mr. Hume himself.-The prosecution of such a Companyaas the Eastern Archipelago Company through the acts of its Directors was proved in a court of justicef to have beenawas due alone to his hardy and resolute love of truth and justicea" Right was in the scale against wrongaand Old England was
Old England still."-Who can read his letters^
to Mr. Wise, without being touched with the unselfish spirit of consideration towards an erring servant, which breathes through every line, explaining and refuting at a glance, his so-called " mercantile speculations ? " aWho but must reverence the strong sense of public duty, which, at every personal sacrifice, induced him to vindicate^ against the authorities at Singapore, the first principle, that truthfulness and character are the qualifications for office ?
* See ante, p. 233. X See vol. ii. p. 185.
f See ante, p. 175. A See ante, p. 72.f See ante, p. 175. A See ante, p. 72.