Refers to Montsioa complying with government demand to release men and cattle of Chief Machabi (Matlaba) at Polfontein; rejects Montsioa's claim that Polfontein and adjoining farms lie within his territory; Montsioa's permission is not, required to give people rights of domicile in disputed area.
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.
Evidence of David Ncupelsang that he had been assaulted by a Boer, Jacob Siljie (Cilliers) in a dispute over ownership of land at Makohosi (Bultfontein), 1878 Jan 21; petition to Her Majesty's Government by the Barolong of Thaba Nchu because of dispute over the successor to Chief Moroka who died on 1888 April 8, one Samuel disputing the claim of Sepinare (Tshipinare) to the chieftainship; contracts of service to construct houses; will of Bathobatho Motshegare; petition of Barolong to Union Government referrring to the Native Administration Bill of 1927 which will cause hardship to the tribe in times of drought.
Acknowledges receipt of letter of Jan 28; is pleased that Montsioa will comply with the wishes of the High Commissioner not to participate in the Anglo-Boer War; details progress of war, in particular Sir George Colley's unsuccessful attempt on Jan 28 to to take more British troops from Natal to the Transvaal over the [Drakens]berg; Britain does not want to involve the Barolong in the fighting but she does want their friendship; pro-Boer sentiments of Chiefs Moshetta and Machabie do not pose a threat; predicts that Sir George Colley will attack the Boers in about twenty days. autograph letter signed. 4p.
Acknowledges receipt of letter and Montsioa's continued attachment to the Church; are considering carrying out missionary work in his territory on condition that they have a free reign, that suitable sites for churches, schools and houses be provided, "that the missionary committee shall have full liberty to introduce and utilize Native Agency whenever it may be deemed desirable to do so"; if Montsioa agrees to these conditions, a misnionary will be sent and they will be placed under the cure of the Transvaal district. autograph letter signed. 4p.
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).
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.
He will not agree to an armistice with Moshete ae requested by Captain Nourse; in 1881 May Major Buller and Pete [Piet] Joubert came to negotiate peace between himself, Moshete and his sub-chief Matchabi; all agreed to keep the peace, but no sooner had they left when Matchabi stole his horses and cattle and was not punished for his offence; in addition Moshete has prevented his people from taking their corn to the Diamond Fields to sell; fears that the Boers want peace so that the British troops will leave, and subsequently they will again support his enemies; will agree to an armistice for two months on the condition that his stolen cattle are returned and justice is meted out; questions Captain Nourse's threat to send troops as he was given assurances by Colonel Moysey that he could rule as he pleased in his own country. Copy. letter. 2p.
Reminds Gey van Pittius that they have encroached upon the territory of the Barolong as determined by the Pretoria' Conventien and therefore must remove themselves; anyone buying farms in his territory will lose their money.