BROOKE Sir James - Autograph Letter Signed 1860 waiting to know more of Sarawak matters
Sir James BROOKE (1803-1868)Autograph Letter Signed (“J Brooke”) to the Reverend Charles Paul, offering assistance for “Willie” and remarking that by December they will “know more of Sarawak matters”.
2½ pages 8vo, Burrator, Tavistock, 9 October 1860.
“I am only too glad to do any thing for Willie. I have just written your Father upon the subject and requested him to show you the letter. What I hope is that you will not overate the prospect before Willie. I shall be glad to hear from you at any time & to do what I can to assist. There need be no hurry about Willie’s hearing – Decr or January will be time & ere that we shall know more of Sarawak matters & of my movements. . . “
The career of James Brooke is one of the most extraordinary of the nineteenth century. A former officer in the Army of the East India Company, he went to Borneo as a private citizen, suppressed piracy and headhunting, and was granted the government of Sarawak (part of the island of Borneo) and the title of Rajah by the Sultan of Brunei, the nominal ruler of the entire island. His title of ‘Highness’ was recognised by the British government, a unique distinction for a subject of the Crown, and he created a hereditary dynasty, being succeeded as ruler and Rajah by his nephew Charles.
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