PRIV ATE LETTERS OF
John C. Templer, Esq.
Singapore, March 5, 1850.
My bear Jack,
Having recovered the patience I lost this morning, I proceed to tell you, at your request, the course of action which has been, and is to be pursued. I take for granted that the public is fully satisfied that the Serebas is a piratical tribe. I entertain well-grounded expectations, that their depredations at sea can be entirely put a stop to, and that the coast can be rendered both safe and peaceful. This will be done by the severe lesson they have received, and by a surveillance over them in future, and instead of the brutal inhumanity of allowing this struggle to continue, to the destruction and extinction of Serebas, or of the other communities, to check these pirates and only to insist upon one point, but to, insist upon that firmly. We must insist upon their abandoning piracy, and we must force them to do so. The consequences will naturally follow : trade will be secure, these rivers will add their quota to the general stock, and instead of the miserable dribbling commerce now carried on, we shall develop a commerce worth having.
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