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be preferred to any severe and signal punishment, and that your great aim will be to disperse and frighten and deter the Dyaks wishing to pirate, with as little bloodshed as possible ; but if you fight, do not fight by halves.
Should the piratical fleet have put to sea before your arrival, or subsequently escape you, send one division of Balows in pursuit, and wait at the best place, with a good look-out by night and day, to cut off their retreat.
It is impossible to lay down rules at a distanceA which shall be suited to the various occasions likely to arise ; but you will use your best discretion, and hear the advice of the Datus, who are better acquainted with native warfare, than Europeans.
I believe Abong Kapi and Lingi, and c. to be quite sincere ; treat them as such, but look to them nevertheless.
Keep your boats together, and always stop at safe places, in the Sakarran river, running no risk of accident from the bore by pushing up.
Your obedient servant,
The following notes were addressed, at this time, by Mr. Brooke, to some of his native dependents :a
To Indra Lela Lela Palavar and Lela Wis.
The Tuan Besar desires that the Balows will babala (collect) directly, and the " Datu Sarawak,"The Tuan Besar desires that the Balows will babala (collect) directly, and the " Datu Sarawak,"