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Extracts from the report of a meeting in 1899 between a senior British official and the Boer leader Paul Kruger
(Catalogue ref: DO 119/556)
High Commissioner Sir Alfred Milner to Mr. Chamberlain.
(Received June 30, 1899.)
(No.379.) ......

8. I said that the number of issues between the British and Boer governments was increasing as time went on, and the controversy was becoming more serious. In my opinion the most serious cause of difference was the way the South African Republic treated the Uitlanders, many thousands of whom are British subjects. This led to bitter feelings in the [Boer] Republic, tension in South Africa and sympathy in the British empire for the Uitlanders, making it more difficult for the two governments to settle their differences in a friendly way. It was my strong belief that if the South African Republic changed their policy towards the Uitlanders before things got worse and satisfied the demands of the reasonable majority of the Uitlanders, not only would the independence of the Republic strengthened, but there would be a better feeling all round. It would become far easier to settle differences between the two governments.

9. The President [Kruger], in coming to the conference, discussed the issue of the independence of the Republic. I do not think that the independence of the Republic was damaged because the British government supported the cause of the Uitlanders in a reasonable way. A vast number of Uitlanders were British subjects. In similar circumstances in any part of the world we would give the same support [to British subjects] and we would point out that the discontent of our fellow British stood in the way of friendly relations between the governments.
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