Maria Bond to Frederick Chesson, 20 May 1880
Archive location: Bodleian Libraries, MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 18 / C126 – 38
Author(s): Maria Bond
Recipient(s): Frederick Chesson
Sent from: England
Date: 20 May 1880
I hope to be present at some part of your meeting this evening.
Have you heard of the case of Mr Makiwani, an ordained Presbyterian minister and a native well known and highly respected in the colony, who has been imprisoned under the vagrancy act?
The thing is a disgrace to the English name.
The Peace Preservation Act and the vagrancy act are being carried out in a manner most oppressive and injurious to the natives.
The disarmament act is no doubt good per se but it requires modification, as it now states it is unjust and degrading to the natives. I am likely to be detained in England for 3 or 4 months and may probably see you again and have some conversation on a few matters relating to the welfare of the natives of S. Africa.
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