John Sanderson to Frederick Chesson, 1 December 1875

John Sanderson to Frederick Chesson, 1 December 1875

Archive location: Bodleian Libraries, MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 18 / C146 – 103

Author(s): John Sanderson

Recipient(s): Frederick Chesson

Sent from: Natal

Date: 1 December 1875

‘Natal Colonist’ Office

West Street Durban

1 December 1875


F.W. Chesson Esq

Secretary of the Aborigines Protection Society




In acknowledging receipt of a copy of the Colonial Intelligencer for November 1875, I beg to draw your attention to the fact of its having been addressed to Maritzburg instead of Durban, thereby occassioning delay in the delivery.


xzing with him and denouncing the Colonist; and a league to suppress my journal was attempted to be formed. Fortunately there was too much sense of right and fairplay in the colony for the attempt to succeed, in spite of every effort of the supporters of B Pine and Mr Shepstone. While the ‘trial’ of Langalibalele was in progress I kept up a running commentary on that shameful farce, and at the time the Bishop of Natal entered the field (about 20th Jan 1874), and thenceforth received the chief share of the vituperation which has never since ceased, and which perhaps culminated in the public meeting here, 1st Sept 1874, when our ‘black hearted treachery’ was denounced amid loud cheers. During this period of 25 months the Colonist has done its best to obtain justice for the illused tribes, to place the facts truly before the world, and to expose the sham which is being passed off upon Lord Carnarvon and the world as a reformed native policy. I have not fought the battle for praise, but I do think that the fact that one out of the four colonial journals has strived, amid every discouragement for right and justice, and to make the good intentions of the Home Govt a reality, instead of allowing Mr Shepstone to secure the confirmation of his past system of lawless misrule, and that at least a respectable minority of the Colony have consistently opposed the injustice and lawlessness of Sir B Pine and Mr Shepstone, should not be overlooked as it appears hitherto to have been.


You are at liberty to make what use you please of this letter, and I have the honour to be,


Your obedient servant,

John Sanderson