Henry J Wilson to Miss Forsaith

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He wonders if she at all realises the intensity of feeling amongst many of the friends and supporters of the Cause against JB because of her expressed views on the Boer War. 'More than one has expressed the opinion that her action is in some respects a greater blow to our cause than that of Lady Henry Somerset.' He advises deferring the giving much prominence on that 'Shield' to JB's speeches in days gone by.

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[HJW wonders whether Miss Forsaith] 'at all realise the intensity of feeling amongst a great many of the friends and supporters of the British Committee'

This view of the South African War as an Imperialist action to add more territory to the British Crown was common in the Liberal and almost universal among all Non conformists

Very few of them would have read her book, 'Native races and the War' which provided not only an explanation but a justification for her attitude

See letters from JB about the War in general: 2, 10, 24 Oct, 20 Dec 1899; and on her book: 20 Jun, 22 Jun, 13 Jul 1900.

Biog: Lady Henry Somerset