Mr. Sill to Mr. Olney.
Three days ago loyalists made a fruitless attempt to capture royal palace, in consequence of which usurpers are very bold, arresting and killing loyalists. I have eight refugees. See my dispatch No. 159. No charge made against them, but if caught they will be tortured and killed by the King’s father. A demand may soon be made for them for some reason or other. It is desirable for them to leave. Yorktown will shortly leave for Shanghai. Will you authorize commander in chief to grant them passage?