Instead I sent an inquiry to the trustees I had left to take care of my plantation in Brazil. Several months later I received a big packet from their descendants. It contained detailed calculations of all the expenses and gains from the plantation during all those years. Since I had been gone for so long, the government had taken over the property, which in turn had been donated to a monastery.
The last letter in the packet was from my partner in Brazil. My eyes filled with tears while reading it. He was eagerly awaiting my return, but meanwhile he was sending me many valuable presents. There were seven leopards’ furs and a whole chest of gold, which meant that now I was a very rich man. My trustees had also sent me some of the income from my plantation in various products and in gold. Now I had several hundred chests of sugar, and plenty of tobacco rolls to sell as I thought appropriate.
My heart was pounding from excitement and I felt very dizzy after reading all these letters. In fact, had it not been for my friend being in the same room at the time, I would have fainted. All the emotions overcame me at once, and my friend called a doctor. It turned out that I was indeed suffering from some illness which the sudden joy had worsened.
After a couple of days I was much better. Now that I could think straight again, I decided to reward my old friend who had been so kind and honest to me. I called a notary and invited my friend to sign a document by which he no longer owed me any money. Not only that, I offered him the annual profits from my plantation for many years to come.
I also sent money to the widow who had helped me many years ago, as well as to my sisters in England.