SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
Malays, till then doubtful and not assisting the Dyaks in their piracy, immediately went over and urged on the Dyaks with their presence and with their advice. This was the time we required a force of some sort to keep them in check, till the season and our preconcerted measures, would allow us to attack them under the most favourable circumstances. Where was the 66 Maeander" appointed for this special service? The new admiral, Sir - had made fresh arrangements, and the " Mseander " was ordered to China, and the " Nemesis " steamer, the only vessel left on the entire coastathe entire Archipelagoamust he employed in keeping open the communication with Singapore.
This morning came the news that a large pirate fleet, one hundred prahus, had put to sea, captured six or seven boats, murdered the crews, and then entered the Sadung river, and there killed upwards of one hundred or more men, women, and children ; and within the two months previous they had killed three hundred persons, burnt several villages, and captured numerous prahus. Directly " Nemesis " returns, I shall go out just to check this audacity, but we have not the force to crush the strongholds of these wasps, and their murders and piracies will go on, until we can get one. We must carry on a peddling war, in which we shall be harassed to death, run considerable risk, and with a certainty of paltry results.
March 6.aI close this letter as hastily as I write it.March 6.a I close this letter as hastily as I write it.