SIR JAMES BROOKE, K.C.B .
have a decided repugnance to his master, he may be bought by any other party on the payment of a just price, according to the customs of the country.
In Sarawak, all persons acquiring slaves wrongfully will themselves lose the money paid, and the persons so acquired will become free. Dyaks taken in future from their homes in other rivers, and sold, will become free on arriving in Sarawak.
N.B. Run-away slaves are now required to make their appearance in Court, when demanded by their tasters ; and the Patingi fixes a just price, which any party may pay. If ill-usage of a slave be proved, the slave has a right to change his master.
The next step will be to declare all slaves who run to Sarawak free. Slave debtors can be released upon payment of their original debt.
Run-away Slaves.aDanah, boy (found); Ralwan, Bongroo, Tuah, Sawan, men ; Boongua, woman ; Koohtong, child ; Ranit, Tunich, women. All set free.
Captain the Hon. H. Keppel, R.N.
Sarawak, Nov. 23,1844.
My dear Keppel,
Many thanks for your kind letter just before you sailed, and I must answer you equally shortly, being at present suffering from a fit of the shakesa not severe, but unpleasant.Many thanks for your kind letter just before you sailed, and I must answer you equally shortly, being at present suffering from a fit of the shakesa not severe, but unpleasant.