means which are employed, and though the limited resources of an individual may render the result doubtful, yet, with means better adequate to the end in view, it may be reduced nearly to a certainty, and the advantages flowing from success must overpay, a thousand fold, the moderate outlay dictated by humanity and risked for the extension of commerce.
Convinced as I am of the good that must result both to Malays and Dyaks * from even my own endeavours, and resolved to persevere in them, (as if I fail in all I propose I shall at least pave the way for future improvement, and leave, I trust, a favourable impression of English character) yet to enable others to judge of the reasons for my conviction, it will be necessary for me to enter into some brief details on the following points:a1st. The government of Borneo. 2nd. The description of the country, its inhabitants and produce. 3rd. My own past and present proceedings, and future prospects; the difficulties yet to be encountered, and the means necessary to ensure success.
1. The Government of Borneo Proper,-f* like that of every other Malay State in the present day, is in the last stage of decay and distraction, without internal power or external influence ; and to such a
* The Dyak tribes are the aborigines of Borneo, inhabiting the interior of the island, and are in subjugation to the Malays who line the coast.
f Borneo Proper is the northern and north-western part of the island of Borneo, and is completely an independent state, uninfluenced by any European nation whatsoever.f Borneo Proper is the northern and north-western part of the island of Borneo, and is completely an independent state, uninfluenced by any European nation whatsoever.