An Address, with a Proposal for the Foundation of a Church, Mission-house, and School, at Sarāwak, on the North-West Coast of Borneo, Under the Protection of James Brooke, Esq., Founder of the Settlement of Sarāwak

Chapman and Hall, 1846 - 35 sider

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Side 21 - Ye winds, that have made me your sport, Convey to this desolate shore Some cordial endearing report Of a land I shall visit no more. My friends, do they now and then send A wish or a thought after me ? O tell me I yet have a friend, Though a friend I am never to see.
Side 21 - Religion ! what treasure untold Resides in that heavenly word ! More precious than silver and gold, Or all that this earth can afford...
Side 34 - I speak too favorably of their improved condition ? These people, who, a few years since, suffered every extreme of misery from war, slavery, and starvation, are now comfortably lodged, and comparatively rich. A stranger might now pass from village to village, and he would receive their hospitality, and see their padi stored in their houses. He would hear them proclaim their happiness, and praise the white man as their friend and protector.
Side 24 - Jan. 1st, 1842. — THE past year is in the bosom of eternity, into which bourne we are all hurrying. Here we have no merry-making, no reunion of families, no bright fires or merry games, to mark the advent of 1842; but we have genial weather, and are not pinched by cold or frost. This is a year which to me must be eventful ; for at its close I shall be able to judge whether I can maintain myself against all the circumstances and difficulties which beset me, or whether I must retreat, broken in fortune,...
Side 29 - I have seen tribes who brought to mind the simplicity, if not the happiness, of primitive society. The number of these people in the country of Sarawak may generally be stated at 10,000 ; but with the slightest protection, numbers who have retired beyond the reach of their cruel oppressors would return to their former habitations. Their freedom from all prejudice, and their scanty knowledge of religion would render their conversion to Christianity an easy task, provided they are rescued from their...
Side 24 - Sarawak, the more immediate subject of attention, extends from Tanjong Datu, to the entrance of the Samarahan river, a distance along the coast, of about sixty miles in an ESE direction, with an average breadth of fifty miles. It is bounded to the westward by the Sambas territory, to the southward by a range of mountains, which separate it from the Pontianak river, and to the eastward by the Borneo territory of Sadong.
Side 34 - ... distress. Poor, poor Dyaks ! exposed to starvation, slavery, death ! you may well raise the warmest feelings of compassion — enthusiasm awakes at witnessing your sufferings ! To save men from death has its merit ; but to alleviate suffering, to ameliorate all the ills of slavery, to protect these tribes from pillage and A FALSE ALARM.
Side 28 - I have lately sent what I believe to be a specimen of lead ore to Calcutta ; and copper is reported. It must be remembered, in reading this list, that the country is as yet unexplored by a scientific person, and that the inquiries of a geologist and a mineralogist would throw further light on the minerals of the mountains, and the spots where they are to be found in the greatest plenty.
Side 29 - ... to do so. The Chinese are so industrious a people that the aspect of a country soon changes wherein they settle ; and as they are most desirous to gain a footing here, there can be no doubt of success ultimately in developing the resources of the soil and working the minerals to a great advantage. The Dyaks, by far the most interesting portion of the inhabitants, are confined almost entirely to the mountainous country where they have fastnesses to which they fly on the slightest alarm. These...
Side 30 - ... their own persons. Never indeed were people more oppressed or more wretched ; and although to those far removed from witnessing their sufferings and their patience, the enthusiasm I feel and cannot help expressing, may appear exaggerated, yet probably were they themselves to change situations with me, they would perhaps speak, if not feel, more warmly than I do.

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