the country and government of Sarawak is made over to me (to be held under the crown of Borneo,) with all its revenues and dependencies, on the yearly payment of 2,500 dollars. That I am not to infringe upon their customs or religion ; and in return, that no person is to interfere with me in the management of the country." This agreement is made only by Muda Hassim ; and it may be objected that he alone is not capable of granting without the consent of his nephew the Sultan ;* but let it be answered to this, that there is no Sultan in Borneo, and that the Rajah Muda Hassim's claim is as good as that of his nephew ; and secondly, that he holds a deed from his nephew for the disposal of this country according to his pleasure. From the imbecility of his nephew, Amar Ali, the affairs of Borneo are entirely in the hands of the Rajah Muda, and no difficulty will be found in gaining the additional signature, if required. I may add, that since the 24th of September I have issued a brief code of regulations, a translation of which accompany this paper, and have instituted a Court of Justice, where the brothers of Muda Hassim sit with myself to decide on cases. I have also had an interview with most of the Dyak chiefs, to whom I have explained minutely my wishes in their favour, and my intention of substituting a fixed rice tax, in lieu of the system of robbery which is yearly carried
* Amar Ali is the nephew of the Rajah Mada Hassim, and claims the title of Sultan, but has hitherto been unable to make his claim good.* Amar Ali is the nephew of the Rajah Mada Hassim, and claims the title of Sultan, but has hitherto been unable to make his claim good.