Excerpt from The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art, 1881, Vol. 52
If any section of politicians in England still feels an interest in the welfare of the Boers, they may congratu late their friends on the great and unqualified advantage which they have derived from the annexation and its con sequences. They were saved from more than one collision with native enemies which might probably have been dis astrous; and the virtual revocation in their favour of the territorial award relieved them from the necessity of making a painful sacrifice. When cetewayo, their most formidable enemy, was supposed to resist the apparent in justice, he was punished for his assumed discontent, by the invasion and conquest of his dominions. The Boers have from that time no longer had any Zulu enemy to watch; and soon afterwards the less powerful chief, who had de feated them immediately before the annexation, was re duced by the English forces to submission. Foreign sympathizers, if not the Boers themselves, ought to appre ciate the domestic improvements which have been effected in two or three years by a regular and civilized government. The revenue has been largely increased; useful public works have been commenced; and, for the first time since the original settlement of the country, justice has been re gularly administered. It is probable that the advance of civilization will be discontinued; but perhaps some traces of an orderly system of government may remain. The Boers are, perhaps, more likely to congratulate themselves on the interest which their cause excited among English philanthropists and Continental busybodies. For the first time the existence of their country was recognized in Holland and in Germany, and they suddenly became the favourites of all the numerous foreigners who entertain for any reason ill-will to England. The Boers have also had the opportunity of inﬂicting humiliating defeats on English troops, and of forcing or inducing the Govern ment to surrender the claims which had immediately before been asserted in the plainest language. Their in voluntary benefactors can scarcely hope for gratitude but the consciousness of unmixed success ought to qualify the ill-will which may probably be cherished.
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