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they want, they can obtain, and the show of force will make a proper impression. You will probably see in some of the papers, our doings at Serebas, and I assure you, the impression made, by the attack on that piratical tribe, is quite extraordinary. Keppel is a fine fellow, and I like him much, and always get on very well both with him and his officers. Even yet, I cannot help regretting that circumstances obliged him to return to China. Serebas I hope to pacify, and whilst they are deterred from committing any further acts of piracy, to bring them, at the same time, under the power of the Rajah Muda Hassim.
The difficulty, I have at present to contend against is the intrigue carried on by two Arab sheriffs, who are the fairest spoken fellows ur the world, but who use the worst influence over the natives generally, and the Dyaks, particularly. I think, (my eyes being open,) that by making speeches fairer and softer than their own, I shall get proofs the most damning, of their countenance of piracy, and their advice to the Serebas people both before, and since their defeat, to resist to the last Whether I can get such proofs or not, these two sheriffs must be routed out of this part of the country, for there is little hope of any pacification of the coast, until their vile influence is destroyed.
I mentioned in my last that, my impression is that
Sir ----'s report is favourable. The letter
I addressed to Sir--, will I hope put him and
the members of Government, in a proper mind as tothe members of Government, in a proper mind as to