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HISTORY OF THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902 VOL III
COMPILED BY THE DIRECTION OF HIS MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT. VOL III
Not only ties of blood drew this part of the British South African dominions to the side of the Boer Sates. Yet these bonds were so strong that both Republican governments, relying upon them as an integral factor of their projected campaign, had many a stand of arms in readiness for distribution amongst the almost exclusively Dutch farmers who peopled this wild and inhospitable district. But beyond this there had been at work upon the left bank of the Orange influences which would have borne down the scale, even had it wavered. Here, on the fringe of the British administration, its benefits had been less apparent than its restraints; and it is scarcely to be wondered at if many a pure-blooded Boer, passing a narrow, lonely, and almost inaccessible existence, remembered the history of the land rather than its frontiers, and clung to his individuality, which to a Boer was his nationality. To such a man sympathy for grievance, real or imaginary, could be wafted not from the south, but like the warm wind of South Africa, from the north. Neither grievances nor sympathy were lacking. That the former had nothing to do with any human administration mattered little to sufferers so ignorant and prejudiced, that they were capable of giving credence to the rumour that the Government of Cape Colony was actually paying for the dissemination of disease amongst their cattle. …..
Compiled by the Direction of His Majesty’s Government, published by Hurst and Blackett of London in 1908. Hard cover bound this First Edition copy is Fine Condition and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 244x183x43mm.
prelims plus 609pp plus 2pp ads. The covers are only slightly spotted by water. (Contrary to my usual practice, this vol will be restored (minimal tarting up and repair of one corner) only upon sale so there will be a slight delay in delivery.) There is almost NO foxing but pages are uniformly very slightly tanned. Gilt titles on spine are bright. (Please see our # 13871 for the uniform volume of Maps numbered from No 39 to No 55 plus 11 “Freehand Sketches” plus a “List”, priced separately.) Complete in all respects. Extra postage will be required overseas.