I have the honor of enclosing you a true statement cut from a respectable Colonial newspaper of the sort of way the Transvaal was governed by the Boers just before the annexation from this your Society will see the sort of treatment, that will certainly again take place if the Transvaal is as proposed returned to their rule. These men are really and truly fiends in human shape and capable of any thing. I have represented this to Mr Gladstone already, and received his reply, but fear unless you can bring the influence of your Society to bear little good will come of my representations.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
Senior member of the Natal Bar at present resident as above.