Lot #15/22 Bechuanaland by a member of the Cape Legislature
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Lot #15/22 Bechuanaland by a member of the Cape Legislature [Anonymous]. A pamphlet written [attrib. Sir Thomas Upington] about the political situation brought about by the unsettling Boer presence in the northern Cape regions of Stellaland and Goshen. This caused conflicts between Boers & local tribes, as well as inter-tribal conflict. This pamphlet gives a history of the area & intends to put the conflict in perspective, with maps & a number of appendices, containing official reports, documents, etc.. Anonymous, but variously attributed to Thomas Upington, at the time Prime Minister of the Cape & Joseph Millerd Orpen, who was at the time not a member of the Cape Legislature, but was a brilliant man, deeply involved & concerned in local race relations & politics. Upington was a brilliant, if flawed politician. Born in Ireland, he rose through the position of Attourney General, in Sprigg’s reigns as Prime Minister of the Cape & actually served two years as Prime Minister of the Cape during the period 1884-1885, travelling to Bechuanaland, with his political ally Sprigg, accompanying him as Treasurer General. He made quite a mess of things, but would have been ideally placed to write this pamphlet on the incidents in Stellaland & Goshen during this period. Among the major people involved were John Mackenzie, Sir Charles Warren, Hercules Robinson, Chief Montsioa, Moshette & other Barolong, chiefs. The town of Upington was named after him. Pencil signature of H.C. Johnston on front cover. Probably the same Johnston who was a signatory of some documents in the book. SABIB, 4/589; MENDELSSOHN, p.126. London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1885. First edition. 8vo. Printer wrappers. Pp. (i),89,xxiii, maps. Wraps torn & creased, binding becoming a bit loose, light foxing. Good+ Reserve price: R890.00 bids welcome

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