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The peace negotiations between the governments of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State, and the representatives of the British government, which terminated in the peace concluded at Vereeniging on the 31st May, 1902   By: (1854-1941)

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.]

[Illustration: The Signatories to the Peace Treaty on behalf of the South African Republic. ]

[Illustration: The Signatories to the Peace Treaty on behalf of the Orange Free State. ]

ARMY HEADQUARTERS, SOUTH AFRICA.

PRETORIA. 4th March, 1902.

Your Honour,

By direction of His Majesty's Government, I have the honour to forward enclosed copy of an Aide Mémoire communicated by the Netherland Minister to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, together with his reply thereto.

I have the honour to be, Your Honour's Obedient Servant,

[Signature of Kitchener.]

General.

Commanding in Chief, South Africa.

To His Honour, Mr. Schalk Burger.

Facsimile of the letter from Lord Kitchener upon which the Peace Negotiations were entered into.

THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

Between the Governments of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State, and the Representatives of the British Government, which terminated in the Peace concluded at Vereeniging on the 31st May, 1902

BY

REV. J. D. KESTELL

Secretary to the Orange Free State Government

AND

D. E. VAN VELDEN

Secretary to the Government of the South African Republic

TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED BY

D. E. VAN VELDEN

WITH PHOTOS AND FACSIMILES OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

LONDON RICHARD CLAY & SONS, LTD., BRUNSWICK STREET, S.E. 1912

RICHARD CLAY AND SONS, LIMITED BRUNSWICK ST., STAMFORD ST., S.E., AND BUNGAY SUFFOLK

CONTENTS

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PREFACE ix

Introduction by S. W. Burger, M.L.A., Acting State President of the Late South African Republic xiii

TRANSLATOR'S NOTE xix

CHAPTER I Preliminary Correspondence 1

CHAPTER II Proceedings at Klerksdorp 18

CHAPTER III First Negotiations at Pretoria 33

CHAPTER IV Vereeniging 46

CHAPTER V Further Negotiations at Pretoria 98

CHAPTER VI Vereeniging and Peace 138

APPENDIX The Middelburg Proposals 210

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

The Signatories to the Peace Treaty on behalf of the South African Republic. Frontispiece

The Signatories to the Peace Treaty on behalf of the Orange Free State. Frontispiece

Facsimile of the letter from Lord Kitchener upon which the Peace Negotiations were entered into Facing Title page

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Facsimile of the copy of the reply from the Government of the South African Republic to Lord Kitchener's letter dated 4th March, 1902 6

Facsimile of Safe Conduct granted by Lord Kitchener 44

Facsimile of the Oath subscribed to at Vereeniging by the Delegates of the South African Republic 46

Facsimile of the Oath subscribed to at Vereeniging by the Delegates of the Orange Free State 46

Facsimile of a page of the Peace Proposals as submitted by the British Representatives and amended by the Boer Representatives. The alterations are in the handwriting of Generals Smuts and Hertzog 112

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