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from them appeals and their complaints against oppressive officials, that those whose complaints were true feared no one, but had the opportunity of being heard by the king. In that reign no one tried to do evil to the kingdom nor to the king, a reign unparalleled, and of unprecedented peace and happiness.
a During the fourteen years this present reign has already lasted, the good royal customs of previous kings have not been departed from, and your Majestyas unceasing care has been for the increase of the happiness and benefit of your people.
a Your Majesty, by providing for the emancipation of slaves by years of age, effected the freedom of all as they reached manhood, without any trouble or inconvenience to any oneaa remarkable act, and differing much from the results of abolition of slavery in other countries. Also the uncomfortable and unbecoming position formerly obligatory in the presence of the king was by your Majestyas kindness changed to that of] standing*. *
a Also your Majesty has been pleased to permit us and other officers of government to submit to your Majesty our written opinions on all points which we think proper, a practice formerly forbidden. The people have increased in happiness daily. Foreign relations have been established on a still better footing than before by your Majestyas wisdom.
a Also Wat Phra Sri Ratana Satsadaram, which had been so long building that no one believed in its ever being finished, has now been perfectly finished by your Majestyas grace taking it under your own management
a great glory of your Majestyas reign for the wonder of all people.
a We, dependent on your Majestyas grace and pro-a We, dependent on your Majestya s grace and pro-