TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, — The origin of the rumour concerning a contemplated "Russian Colony in the Pacific" has been a short advertisement in one of the papers of St. Petersburg (Novosti), inserted with the purpose of getting a few persons as managers and overseers for land I possess in New Guinea and other islands of the Pacific. Instead of the ten or twelve individuals wanted I have received, in the space
of about three weeks, proposals from over 500 persons of different social standing.
Science being the first aim of my life, the object of my present visit to Europe is tho publication of my book of travels (scientific observations collected during many years on the islands of the Pacific), and before it is pub- lished, or partly published, I have no intention whatever for tho present to start an enterprise of any other kind. — I have tho honour to re- main, sir,&c.,
N. DE MIKLOUHO MACLAY.
St. Petersburg, 28th July.