SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B.
in the river clear of Abong Kapi's Kampong, engage them, and kill the three sheriffs like dogs ; if obliged by Lingi's advice to advance to Sakarran, judgment and coolness will be required to act, in such a manner as to punish the offenders, without making a collision between the friendly Sakarrans and the Balows.
In these circumstances you will have the advice of the Patingi, and may listen to the wishes of the friendly Sakarrans, as to the ferocity, or the mode of attack. Should Lingi, Gasin, Abong Kapi, and c. and c. desire, and cooperate in an attack on the sheriff's bala, and pledge themselves to the consequences, I would advise the attack to be made as a favour conferred upon them ; but in all councils lean to the moderate side, and risk as little as possible.
I by no means wish you to advance beyond Sakarran ; but you have a discretionary power to do so to a reasonable distance up the river ; but on no account land to make any attack upon houses, but acquaint the Sakarrans that they have my full concurrence to kill, or to punish these offenders in any way they please.
To the Balows you must represent that our object is to maintain peace, and to suppress piracy, and therefore they must be very careful to do no wrong to our friends and allies.
As the three sheriffs have intrigued and induced these misguided people to accompany them, on a piratical excursion, their lives are forfeited ; but you must bear in mind, that firm and moderate measures are to
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