Official: Colonial Office: correspondence, mainly on South African affairs.

Reference code: CHAR 10/11

Part of: CHAR 10
Next record: CHAR 10/12
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Date: 23 Apr 1906 - 30 May 1906


Correspondents include: ?William Solomon; representatives of Reuter's Telegram Company Limited including Herbert de Reuter [Auguste Reuter] on WSC's criticism of Reuter's press coverage of South Africa (4); Frederic Creswell (2); Joseph Robinson (3); 3rd Lord Denman and Gordon Forbes on diamond mining in Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe and Zambia]; Flora, Lady Lugard on British administration in Nigeria (2); Cecil Grenfell; Joseph Chamberlain; 5th Lord Warwick and Moreton Frewen on the Eldama ravine [British East Africa, later Kenya] railway concession; 2nd Lord Selborne [Governor of the Transvaal and High Commissioner for South Africa] (3); Francis Hopwood [later 1st Lord Southborough], Permanent Under-Secretary for the Colonies; 3rd Lord Hindlip on banking facilities in British East Africa and Uganda; John Robertson MP on a South African socialist in an insane asylum; Sir West Ridgeway [Chairman of the Committee on the Transvaal Constitution] (3); Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman [Prime Minister]; John Merriman; 9th Lord Elgin and Kincardine [Secretary of State for the Colonies] (7); Sir Frederick Pollock.

Also includes drafts of telegrams and copy letters from WSC to those mentioned above and to Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson [Governor and Commander in Chief, Cape Colony, South Africa] and Frederic Tatham [some in the hand of WSC's private secretary, Edward Marsh].

Subjects covered in the file include: the repatriation of chinese labour from the Transvaal [South Africa], and alternative sources of labour for its mining industry; matters relating to the Transvaal Constitution, including the decisions of the Cabinet Committee; the Natal crisis; the case of a suspended guard on the Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] railway.

Also includes: newspaper cuttings on chinese labour and Reuter's South African service; a postcard of chinese coolies sent by ?Adam Jameson [Commissioner of Lands in the Transvaal] to Selborne.





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CHAR 10/11/24 Letter from Joseph Chamberlain (40, Prince's Gardens [London]) to WSC marked "private" thanking him for sending him papers. He suggests that a reference to the action of the Opposition should have been omitted from an official publication for the colonies. Signed manuscript. 10 May 1906