PRIVATE LETTERS OF
out by one of the numerous mouths of that stream. The Kanowits, and others on the Rejang waters, join the Sakarrans and Serebas, help them to build boats, entertain them in their houses, supply them with food, and share plunder. I propose attacking the Dyaks on the Kanowit as a lesson, and then obliging Patingi Abdulraman to build a fort, at the mouth of the Kanowit, to prevent them descending that stream.
I have no news to tell you : our harvest is commencing, and our first prahus of the season have sailed to Singapore. Farewellamy letter is long and prosy, and written amid numerous interruptions. Offer my kind regards to your lady, and a kiss, if she will accept one, for Miss Dora.*
I am, ever dear Jack, your affectionate friend,
The Tuan Besar sends Abang Pata to Lundu to enquire about seventeen persons whom Sirail, of Orang Palo, claims as slaves runaway from Palo. If they confess themselves (akun diri ulm) to be rightfully slaves, one or two can come back with Abang Pata to Sarawak, where they can seek out persons to pay a proper price for them, but if they deny that they are slaves, two of the heads (tuaks) of them, will come with Abang Pata, that the Tuan Besar may decide after hearing their story.
* The Editor's eldest child.* The Editor's eldest child.