HC Deb 22 July 1864 vol 176 cc1905-6

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, I Whether, since the last war at the Cape of Good Hope, any arrangement has been come to with the Colonial Government as to the expenses of possible future wars; or whether, In the event of war with the Natives, the Imperial Government would be exposed to the same risk now as on former occasions of being compelled to bear the greater part of the burden?


replied, that no arrangement had been come to with the Colony of the nature referred to by the hon. Gentleman. Perhaps the House would be interested to know that he had that day received a despatch from the Governor of the Cape, which was to the following effect:— You will be gratified to find that the expectations I had formed of the continuance of tranquillity were well founded. You may rest assured that I will spare no pains to overcome by all legitimate means the feelings of distrust and discontent by which some of the Chiefs appear to be animated. Since I last wrote the Commander of the Forces has arrived in Grahamstown, and agrees with me as to the inexpediency of any advance by the troops.

The despatch is dated Grahamstown, June 16.

In reply to Mr. ARTHUR MILLS,


said, that there was no reference in that despatch to the annexation of any new territory, but there was in other papers.