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wrist, his shoulder and chest were cut open, so as to disable his right arm, and he had a cut on his head and face. A woman, by name Noor Salum, fought, and was wounded by his side, his sister and a slave boy, both wounded, remained by him, the rest of his few followers having been cut down had fled. The four retired into the house, and barred the door ; Budrudeen, wounded and bleeding, ordered the boy to get down a cask of powder, break in the head, and scatter it in a small circle. He ordered the boy to escape, gave him my signet ring, which I had made him a present of, and told him to beg me, not to forget him, and to tell the Queen of England of his fate. He then called the woman to him, and when the boy had dropt through the flooring into the water, fired the powder, and all three were blown into the air. The poor rajah, with three of his brothers, was killed in a boat.
Budrudeen's boy escaped to the "Hazard," when she came in, two months after, and from him I received the account. Is not this a horrid tragedy ? Is the base murderer to go unpunished ? Is he to break his engagements, murder his nearest relatives, because they acted up to them, defy our power, and proclaim by his acts, that he will be a pirate ? Is he to do all this with impunity ? I hope not, I cannot believe it.
It is with pain that I write on this subject, yet I can write on no other, or do so very briefly.
Your book is almost forgotten in these melancholy events. I really can form no judgment on its merits,Your book is almost forgotten in these melancholy events. I really can form no judgment on its merits,