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Lanyon, William) Owen, Kimberley. To Chief Montsioa, [Mafeking]

Acknowledges receipt of letter of' March 6 and refers to alleged ill-treatment of Barolong poople; accepts with pleasure the assurances sent by the Barolong via Molema of their confidence in and love for the British Government which in highly esteemed; sends by Molema, a saddle and bridle as a token of good will. letter signed sealed. 3p.

Wood Evelyn, Newcastle. To Chief Montsioa, [Mafeking]

Introduces himself as the general replacing Sir George Colley in command of the British troops; has heard with sorrow of the trouble between Montsioa and Machabi (of Polfontein) and that war has broken out; a Royal Commission (for the settlement of the affairs of the Transvaal) is sitting and will shortly proceed to Pretoria to enquire into the affairs of the Transvaal and the disputed Keate Award territory; is sending Major Ernest Buller to enquire into the cause of the fighting; Major Buller will disperse Boer commandos to prevent the Barolong being attacked. letter signed sealed (mutilated).

Moffat, John Smith, Lehurutse. To Chief Montsioa, (Mafeking)

The Royal Commission has brought forward the date when it will have an interview with the chiefs; it will new meet on July 30 and each deputation is to consist of not more than the Chief and six perssns in attendance; it is not necessary for Montsioa to come to Pretoria as his son is already there and will probably be granted an interview with the Royal Commission. autograph letter signed. 1p.

[Chief Montsioa, Mafeking]. To the Administrator of Britiuh Bechuanaland, [Sidney Shippard], Vryburg

Has received complaints from his people that the Dutch farmers in the district are having a petition signed, asking the High Commissioner to annex British Bechuanaland to the Cape Colony; was assured in 1884 and Subsequently that his country would always be under Imperial rule; encloses a petition signed by the principal chiefs and headmen of the Barolong against annexation; denies reports that the majority of the people are in favour of annexation.

Undated. letter draft ?p.

Chief Montsioa, [Mafeking]. To the Queen... [1895?] and her ministers, [London]

Protests against annexation to the Cape and expresses fear of losing the land; requests that the sale of brandy be forbidden for fear that it will cause fighting; also fears that their land will be given to the British South Africa Company; as the Barolong are a loyal, industrious nation, why does the British Government want to get rid of them?; refers to his division of the land among individual members of the tribe; the petition is being carried by his son Wessels and Stephen Lefeynya to the Queen.

Undated. letter draft 2p.

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