PRIVATE LETTERS OF
All persons who lend money must receive it from the persons ttho borrow, and they cannot enforce payment from their relatives.
Parties lending and borrowing money must make an agreement in writing, or before witnesses ; and a person lending money without an agreement in writing, or before witnesses, cannot recover the amount, as it cannot be allowed, that one person can charge another with a debt without proof.
Persons who owe money must pay, and if they have not the means, they must sell their property, and pay as much as they can ; but the creditor cannot ask more, nor can he take their persons, or their wives, or their children, or their working tools, so as to prevent their gaining a livelihood.
A person in debt, who cannot pay, must make a fair arrangement with his creditor, so that he may pay him by slow degrees ; and in making this arrangement, the creditor cannot take from the debtor, the portion which is necessary to support his family.
If the creditor and debtor cannot agree, they must refer to the datus, who will fix how much is to be paid each season, till the debt be discharged.
This is the custom of the country, and as the Orang Bunsi, Awang Awang, and Hamba Rajah, cannot become slaves ; they cannot be treated as slaves, on account of their debts.
The Dyaks are to be treated in the same way.
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