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LETTER

ON

THE GOVERNMENT

OF THE

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

EARL BATHURST.

BY LIEUT.-GEN. SIR RUFANE DONKIN.

“ Quæ mea mens in suscipiendâ causâ fuit, fides in agenda, eadem vestra, in judi-
cauda sit : denique uti C. Varem, si ejus omnia sunt inaudita et singularia facinora
sceleris, audaciæ, perfidiæ, avaritiæ, crudelitatis, dignus exitus ejusmodi vita atque factis,
vestro judicio consequatur "

Cicero in Verrem.

LONDON:

CARPENTER AND SON, OLD BOND STREET.

1827.

Whiting, Printer, Beaufort-house, Strand. sen hib, 10.26.1931

NOTICE.

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.

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LETTER

TO

EARL BATHURST,

&c. &c.

Park-street, Grosvenor-square, April 6, 1827.

MY LORD,

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

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