David Arnot to Frederick Chesson, 19 November 1878

David Arnot to Frederick Chesson, 19 November 1878

Archive location: Bodleian Libraries, MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 18 / C125 – 12

Author(s): David Arnot

Recipient(s): Frederick Chesson

Sent from: Scotland

Date: 19 November 1878

Wemyss (Place?)





F. W. Chesson, Esq

Secy of the Aborigines Protection Society



Dear Sir,


It is now a month since I arrived in Britain, and all my efforts to get your address to send the enclosed to you as per my friend Mr Rumuray of Kimberley Diamond … South Africa, have proved unavailing. The London directory even proved of no assistance. Knowing however the prominent position you hold as Secy of the Aborigines Protection Society, I take the … of entrusting the enclosed to a probable chance of you receiving them. I shall be delighted to get a … from you as to the receipt thereof. 


I intend to  sojourn while among my kin folk, and if I can be of any service to you or the Society in furnishing information on matters in connection with the natives of Griqualand West … I shall be happy to do so. I was agent and repve and advisor to the Griqua chief N. Waterboer of Griqualand West for 25 years prior to the annexation of Griqualand West to Her Majesty’s Government. I was the medium of correspondence and negotiation in the cession of that territory on behalf of the said chief and people, to and with H.M.G.


My address is as … in heading of letter.


Yours very truly

David Arnot