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CORRESPONDENCE

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LIEUT.-GENERAL THE HON.

SIR GEORGE CATHCART, K.C.B.,

RELATIVE TO HIS

MILITARY OPERATIONS IN KAFFRARIA,

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THE TERMINATION OF THE KAFIR WAR, AND TO HIS MEASURES FOR

THE FUTURE MAINTENANCE OF PEACE ON THAT FRONTIER,

AND THE PROTECTION AND

WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

1856.

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HENRY MORSF STEPHENS

LONDON : PEINIED BY WOODFALU AND KINDER,

ANGEL COURT, SKINNER STREET.

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PREFACE.

ALTHOUGH the official Correspondence with the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, relative to the state of the Kafir tribes, and to the still recent outbreak on the Eastern frontier of the Colony, has already appeared in the form of a Blue Book, presented by Her Majesty's command to both Houses of Parliament, on the 31st of May, 1853, it may not in that shape have been accessible to the general reader.

It is, therefore, considered to be essential to the object of the present work, to reprint, in these pages, Sir George Cathcart's own despatches, omitting those of others which have no direct bearing on its subject, for the purpose of connecting, or explaining, the circumstances and events alluded to in the Letters and Papers, some of a more private character, and later despatches, which are now published for the first time; in order to render as complete as possible the statement of facts which is submitted to the Public in this volume, with a view to the right understanding of the principles and policy which influenced and guided the military and the civil administration of the Governor Lieut.-General Sir George Cathcart, and which resulted in the successful termination of the war, by the complete subjection of the rebellious tribes, without any compromise or treaty, which all former experience had shown to be of no avail with these people ;

In the restoration of peace to the Colony, and the consequent reduction of the heavy expenditure occasioned by the war ;

And in the wise and provident measures planned and effected by him for the future security and tranquillity of the frontier, which had been so long exposed to the predatory inroads of the hostile Kafirs and rebellious Hottentots.

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