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[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.

Appointment

Correspondents:

Dayes, George J Rose-Innes, Sir James.

Subjects:

Correspondence between Boyes and Rose-Innes (Under Secretary for Native Affairs) re death of Montsioa and the advisability of appointing a successor to honour the pledge given by Sir Sidney Shippard (see Ba12, 13); recommends appointment of Wessels Montsioa. Confirmation of appointment of Wessels Montsioa by Rose-Innes.

Papers

Correspondents:

Barrett, E.

Marumoloa, Stephen.

Mbelle, I Bud.

Mbelle, Richard G.

Minchin, Spencer.

Molema, Sebopioa J.

Molema, Silas.

Mothuba, George.

Nicholson, C H.

Tawana, Tau R.

Subjects:

Papers relating to the death of his regent Lekoko in July 1915 and John's appointment by the tribe as successor; the government's opposition to the appointment in view of the unsatisfactory reports about him; the appointment of Joshua Molema for two years as acting chief; John's appointment in 1917 February as acting chief; his rule of persecution and looting especially the harm done to the Rapulana Barolong at Rietfontein; the petition sent by the Tshidi Barolong re the chieftainship in 1920; his demotion and commitment to a mental home in Pretoria in 1920 July ; his discharge in 1922.

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