short, there can be no doubt that a country eminently calculated to support a large population, would be rapidly filled, should there be a government sufficiently strong to save them from being plundered, and to clear the sea of pirates. Time, however, is requisite to settle a population, and to allow them to gain some profits from the soil, and the expense in the interim is the question which occupies my attention, and forms the principal obstacle to success. If left entirely to my own resources for the future, it is necessary that I depend on the trade, to defray the charges of the establishment which I am obliged to keep, and being forced to trade is contrary to my wishes, and my avowed objects, may weaken my influence, by creating jealousy, and must include a monopoly of antimony ore. I must therefore repeat that only whilst forced by circumstances will I mix myself up with commerce.
2ndly, I propose to open a friendly communication with the different chiefs, and with the interior tribes, by visiting them either once or twice a year, and inspiring a confidence in our good intentions ; and there will be no difficulty in so doing, as from their knowledge of me, they are already well disposed to take any steps which I may point out.
3rdly. To return with the Rajah Muda Hassim to Borneo Proper, and through his means to stop the distractions and intrigues of the capital, and establish an English influence.