HC Deb 05 April 1887 vol 313 c501
DR. CLARK (Caithness)

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he has received any Memorial from Mankaroane, the Chief of the Batlapins, regarding the decisions of the Bechuana-Land Commission?


A Memorial has been received. The Chief complains that the Land Commission declined to recognize certain land grants which had been made by him in favour of Europeans, including some of the best waters allotted to the tribe. The Memorial, which is dated June, 1886, is in the handwriting of a Mr. Donovan, who styles himself legal adviser and agent to Mankaroane, and who is the person chiefly interested in these grants. I do not consider that this is a matter affecting Mankaroane's personal interest; and I have replied that no sufficient reason has been shown for the reversing of the action of the Land Commission.