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George McCall Theal

Documents Relating To The Kaffir War Of 1835

Published: Published for the Government of the Union of South Africa, London, 1912

Edition: First Edition

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Publisher's purple cloth binding with gilt titles on spine.

xvi + 403pp. Contents clean with circular rubber stamp on title page "Presented by the Government of the Union of South Africa". Binding tight.

Around 1881 the Government of the Cape Colony requested a search to be made by their archivist, Geo. McCall Theal, for the correspondence between Colonel (afterwards Sir Harry) Smith and Governor Bejamin D'Urban which concerned matters relating to the Sixth Frontier War (1834-36). Two volumes of copies of Colonel Smith's letters were found, "but there was no trace of the Governor's replies." Thirty years later, in 1911, Theal was informed by a colleague in England that a grandson of Governor D'Urban living in Exeter was in possession of a great quantity of his grandfather's letters, which included private letters to colonel Smith and many other officials. Mr. D'Urban, a very obliging man and realizing the historical importance of his grandfather's archive of letters, allowed Theal to copy all the correspondence for publication of this volume. These private letters are of very high historical value, as in them the motives of the actors can be more accurately ascertained than in the formal official documents intended for the public eye.

  • Binding Condition: Near Fine
  • Overall Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo.
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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