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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE,
AND ON CERTAIN EVENTS WHICH HAVE OCCURRED THERE
OF LATE YEARS,
UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF
LORD CHARLES SOMERSET;
ADDRESSED MOST RESPECTFULLY TO
BY LIEUT.-GEN. SIR RUFANE DONKIN.
“ Quæ mea mens in suscipiendâ causâ fuit, fides in agenda, eadem vestra, in judi-
Cicero in Verrem.
CARPENTER AND SON, OLD BOND STREET.
IF I have introduced into the text, contrary to the general practice, a number of documents, and extracts from documents, some of them of considerable length, I have done so on the principle I set out with in writing my Letter to Lord Bathurst, namely, never to make a single assertion without instantly following it up by documentary or other proof, so that the whole state of each individual case should be embraced by the eye at
Had I thrown these documentary proofs into the Appendix, they would have lost half, and perhaps in many cases, all their effect; for people do not like to break off in the middle of a narrative, to seek, in another part of the book, for illustrations or proofs.
Park-street, Grosvenor-square, April 6, 1827.
Four months have now elapsed since I presented myself at the door of your Lordship’s office, in the hopes of being honoured by a personal interview, when I was met by a letter, instead of being admitted into your presence;
and that letter, which referred only to one part of the business on which I had previously solicited the honour of seeing your Lordship, coupled with the circumstances of its delivery, gave me a pretty clear intimation that my re-appearance in Downingstreet would neither be expected nor welcome.
Thus situated, I have come to the determination of addressing to your Lordship this letter, by which. you will be made acquainted with some facts, in the right understanding of which I am myself personally interested, and by which your Lordship will be enabled to form, I hope, a judgment between Lord Charles Somerset and myself, as to