Record

LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JC14/4/2/1-604
TitleColonial Office papers relating to South Africa and the Boer War
Extent610 items
Date1899-1903
DescriptionGovernment publications comprising despatches and memoranda [including drafts and proofs], draft Command Papers, draft legislation, letters patent, telegraphic communications, and Colonial Office memoranda and deciphers of telegrahic communications, arranged chronologically, between Joseph Chamberlain [as Sec of State for the Colonies, 1895-1903], War, Foreign and Colonial Office officials, fellow Government officials, Governors of the colonies including Sir Alfred Milner [1st Viscount Milner: Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, 1897-1901; Governor of Transvaal and Orange River Colony 1901-1905, and High Commissioner for South Africa, 1897-1905] and Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson [Governor of Natal and Zululand, 1893-1901; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cape Colony, 1901-1910], military commanders in South Africa [General Kitchener [1st Earl of Kitchener of Khartoum: Chief of Staff of Forces in South Africa, 1899-1900; Commander-in-Chief, 1900-1902], General Redvers Buller, Lord Roberts [Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl of Roberts: Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, 1899-1900]], South African politicians and military leaders [J. W. Sauer, Louis Botha, General Jacobus Delarey, C. de Wet, Sir John Gordon Sprigg [Prime Minister and Treasurer, Cape Colony, 1900-1904], Joseph Xavier Merriman [Cape minister], and Willem Steyn] relating to matters including development of military situation during the conflict [relief of Ladysmith, occupation of Bloemfontein, arrangements for troop reinforcements, conduct of war, Proclamations relating to the destruction and alienation of property in the Transvaal, Kitchener's Banishment Proclamation, attempted Boer invasion of Zululand, and proposed enlistment of Boer prisoners in Indian mounted infantry]; situation in South African colonies [proposed prohibition of sale of liquor to natives in Orange River Colony, treatment of rebels, Cape elections, introduction and administration of martial law in Cape, Royal Commission into martial law sentences, suspension of Cape constitution]; peace negotiations [terms of agreement regarding status of natives, compensation and amnesty, terms and arrangements for surrender of Boer forces, visit of Boer Generals to England, restoration of rail and mining industries, and recruitment of native labour, composition of Transvaal Legislative Council]; and financial matters [contributions of colonies towards costs of war, statements of military and financial situation, requests for loans from colonies]; with press cuttings and envelopes
Including /6 Government printed despatches from Lord Roberts relating to request for additional forces for relief of Ladysmith, Feb 1900; /24-27 Government printed despatches from Lord Roberts relating to military activities [from surrender of Cronje to occupation of Bloemfontein], May 1900; /63A Government printed despatch from Chamberlain to Milner relating to Dutch/English language question in Cape, Jan 1901; /69-76 Government printed despatches between Chamberlain and Milner, General Kitchener and William St. John Brodrick [1st Earl Midleton: Sec of State for War, 1900-1903] relating to negotiations with Sauer, Merriman and Botha, and terms of agreement for cessation of hostilities, Feb 1901; /130-141 Government printed despatches between Chamberlain, Milner and General Kitchener relating to the treatment of Cape rebels, and Kitchener's Banishment Proclamation, Jul-Aug 1901; /191 Government publication, 'Memorandum prepared in the Colonial Office on Certain Points connected with the Conduct of Hostilities in South Africa', Nov 1901; /192-205 Government printed despatches between Chamberlain and Milner relating to conditions in refugee camps, and proposed deportation of Boer women [from Cape], Nov 1901; /313-406 Government printed despatches between Chamberlain and Milner, between General Kitchener and Brodrick, between Kitchener and Chamberlain, and between the Treasury and the Colonial Office relating to matters including development of peace negotiations [terms of agreement, conditions of and arrangements for surrender of Boer forces], Natal boundaries, finances of the Transvaal, Apr-Jun 1902 [contains duplicates]; /450 Government printed despatch from Chamberlain to Milner relating to attendance of Delarey, Botha and de Wet at Pan-Germanic League meetings in Germany, Jul 1902; /496 Government printed despatch from Milner to Chamberlain relating to establishment of Female Immigration Department, Aug 1902; /508-548 Government printed despatches between Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson and Chamberlain, and between Chamberlain and Milner relating to Royal Commission into martial law sentences, indemnity legislation, and appointments to Cape Legislative Council, with proof despatches between Chamberlain, Botha, de Wet and Delarey, Aug-Sept 1902; /576-584 Government printed despatches and memoranda relating to prosecution of Enright and Hodgson for rebellion during Boer War, Nov-Dec 1902; /603 Government publication, memorandum 'Recruitment of Native Labour for the Transvaal in the African Protectorates', Foreign Office, Feb 1903
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionIn addition, /63A, /82A, /92A, /92B, /92C are used, /148 is not used, contains duplicates; /493 damaged page of publication, in need of repair