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of British Burma occupy much of my attention, and that I look on the position of that province with the greatest interest
" I consider that the rapid advance which the country has made under our government is one of the most satisfactory evidences of the success of British rule in India.
" I have already sanctioned with much pleasure your proposal for placing an Agent at Bhamo, and I shall look with much anxiety to the result of his residence at that place. I shall always be glad to hear from you upon the subject of the communication with Western China, but it will be necessary to proceed with great care in that matter, lest any precipitancy should destroy or indefinitely delay attempts made in that direction at their outset.
c I have not yet received Captain Sladen's report, and regret to hear that the delay has been occasioned by that officer's ill health.
" The project of a line of railway from Rangoon to Prome has already engaged my attention, and I consider that as British Burma is so far removed from India, uniformity of gauge is not necessary, and that therefore the construction of lines of a lighter and cheaper kind, and of a narrower gauge might with advantage be considered.
" I have also, after much consideration, approved" I have also, after much consideration, approved