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4. LETTER TO MARSHALL CAMPBELL
December 26, 1913
DEAR MR. MARSHALL CAMPBELL
I learnt only two or three days ago that you had returned fromEngland. Will you allow me to tell you how deeply concerned I waswhen I learnt that your men were among the first to strike on thecoast? At an important meeting, when I was actually asked why Iwould not advocate a strike on the sugar plantations also, I replied thatwe were endeavouring to confine the area to the collieries only, in thehope that the strike on the collieries would be a sufficient demons-tration to secure relief. Whilst I was at Newcastle organizing relief forthe collieries’ men who had come out, I was asked by my co-workersin Durban what answer to give to the coastal Indians who wanted tojoin the movement, and I emphatically told them that the time was notripe for them to do so. Later, too, when I was again approached, Imade the same statement and one of my last letters
before my arrestwas that, as we were so much indebted to you for your efforts to bringabout the repeal of the £3 tax legislation, your men should be the lastto be called out; but I am absolutely certain that after my arrest theworkers found it impossible to control the men and the movementbecame not only spontaneous, but it assumed gigantic proportions. Iwould like you to enter into our feelings. Had I been free and assistedin calling out the men, I must freely admit that I would have certainly
“Speech at Maritzburg”, 27-12-1913.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Natal Estates, Ltd.
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