280 PRIVATE LETTERS OF SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
fellow-men, and, if his measures and policy be carried out after him, will continue to confer it on thousands yet to come. Posterity will doubtless wonder at the treatment he received at the hands of some of his countrymen, for while our literature remains, these his letters will remain, and teach the moral, that, however beset with difficulties and dangers, high and worthy ends may be accomplished, and a great reputation achieved, without submitting to one false expedient, or sinking one principle of truth and honour.
For himself, the Editor may be permitted to say, that the first pleasure with which he received and read the letters, has been again and again revived in the execution of the work ; and what he wished is doneato show a genuine English character in his own native colours, and to leave it with confidence to the judgment of his country.
" This let the world, that knows not how to spare, Yet rarely blames unjustly, now declare."" This let the world, that knows not how to spare, Yet rarely blames unjustly, now declare."