JUSTUS (Ambrose George Campbell)

THE WRONGS OF THE CAFFRE NATION: A Narrative by Justus

With An Appendix Containing Lord Glenelg's Despatches to The Governor of The Cape of Good Hope

Published: James Duncan, London, 1837

Edition: First Edition

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333 + 8 pages of publisher's catalogue, 8vo (200 x 115  mm), half brown leather titled gilt on the spine, brown sprinkled paper sides, edges uncut, contents crisp, a very good copy.

 Halkett and Laing: Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature ascribes this work to Mackenzie Beverley but the South African Bibliography citing Cory's 'The Rise of South Africa' gives the author as  A.G. Campbell.

 Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 1, pages 121-2, 'At the time of the publication many people attributed the work to the well-known missionary Dr Philip of Cape Town, who held similar views to those expressed in the volume, but Mr Boyce did not believe Dr Philip was the actual author, although he suggests that he might have been a party to the compilation.' Dr Campbell is staunch in his defence of the rights of the Xhosa and advocates the restitution of lands and the ending of oppression. In his preface he writes, 'That narrative, which displays a colony of the British nation, systematically oppressing the aboriginal inhabitants by harsh and unrelenting injustice, and enlarging its boundaries by acts of violent spoliation, ought to be fortified with more than ordinary proofs, for without such proofs it would be difficult to believe the astonishing accusations of our colonial history'.

  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo (200 x 115 mm)
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