SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B. a
three persons who are guided by an impartial and cool judgment, and not likely to be swayed or tempted by any external evidence. To such a court the multiplied forms, rules, motions, notices, and technicalities of British law, would be a serious detriment and hindrance ; in rejecting all such, as inapplicable and useless clogs, they will retain the grand foundation of British law, which is the eternal principle of justice.
I conclude by remarking, that impartiality and coolness are the highest qualifications in a magistrate sitting in judgment, and that when a case arises between an European and a native, that it will require the exertion of both these qualities; as there must exist a natural tendency in every breast, to lean favourably towards the side of a countryman ; and patience and coolness will be requisite to elicit evidence from the natives, in cases when they are opposed to an European, in consequence of the operations of fear on their minds, and the dread they may entertain of the consequences of so doing, to themselves.
I trust to the general agreement of the magistrates to these remarks, and that the duty imposed upon them will be easily performed ; for every man brought up in a civilized community, must be aware that it is the bounden duty of every citizen, cheerfully to yield obedience to constituted authority.
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