F&M 6/2/19

U.S. Schr Box

Anger Road May 20th 1833

(_____ Java)

My Dear Father

  On Wednesday last got under weigh from Batavia & arrived here the same evening; came out merely for a change of scene, which we wanted very much after laying more than 3 months in Batavia, a thing almost unheard of. Two men died of the Java Fever which are all we have as yet lost: 10 men are sick & several in the Hospital at B[atavia]. I had a slight attack which left me in a day or two.

  Time hanging very heavy on our hands several of us agreed on taking a cruise up about 40 miles into the interior to ³Beitinsong² the residence of the Governor General of all Dutch India. 5 o¹clock on Saturday morning found 5 of us in the [Deligence] in the yard of the Hotel in Batavia all eager to set off expecting to find most variety & pleasure during the trip (& were not disappointed) we had 4 hours the first stage, but afterwards, two Boojongs (Boys) attended us, they were stationed behind the carriage & armed with a short whip whenever the horses slackened their pace down they jumped & lashed them pretty well & returned to their seat thus they kept the horses on a full gallop all the way, every [11] miles a change of Boojongs & Horses. The country we passed through was not very interesting interduced here & there with rice fields & small clusters of trees quite level. The road was excellent, equal to any in the United States & is always kept in good order. Passed a great number of natives in carts drawn by Buffaloes & on foot with produce going to & from the town. 3 hours & a half brought us to Bintensong which contains about 1 or 200 inhabitants & is very beautifully situated at the foot of a Mountain of considerable height, drove to the Hotel & established ourselves there for that & the following day; took a hearty breakfast & learning that the Governor General was not there took a carriage & drove to the Palace which is large & splendid edifice situated on an extensive and beautifully laid our Park in which were sporting 500 deer. We were shown with great politeness over the Palace from the summit of which we had a delightful view of the scenery around; surrounded on 3 sides by high mountains & on the other a tract of level cultivated land. In the Gardens were a large Tiger, monkeys, birds &c. The Tea Plant and Cochineal, with Sugar & Rice, his Excellency cultivated in abundance. I plucked some leaves of the Tea Plant & shall carry them with me. The next morning at day light set off on Horseback & had a pleasant ride of 20 miles. I enjoyed it very much indeed, but I had rather been stride of Othello than the nag I was accommodated with who was about the size of a 3 weeks calf as are all the Horses in these Islands.

  Took another stroll in the extensive gardens of the Palace that afternoon in which is the tomb of Lady Raffles wife of Sir Stamford Raffles who was the English Governor of Java.

  The next morning returned to Batavia & on board the Schooner Boxer delighted with the trip, as it had afforded us a great deal of exercise & variety.

  There are only 3 Europeans residing here; the Commander of the Fort, An Agent & somebody else. Great quantities of sugar, coffee, rice, Indigo are raised here which is all the Dutch keep a Resident here for. Ships on their way to & from China stop here for fresh provisions & water. I have not been ashore yet but intend to go & have a Tiger hunt. Last night at dark a ship anchored about 2 miles from us, sent a boat on board & found her to be the American Ship Eclipse bound to Boston, so this morning I commenced writing this letter & when I got to ³variety² above the Captain came on board and asked us for letters. So I must now break off. We have heard nothing of the Peacock. My love to all the family & friends.

Your most affectionate Son

Wm Reynolds