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Copies of letters from Cecil John Rhodes edited by Thomas William Baxter

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Reproduced typescript entitled "Yrs., C.J. Rhodes: the letters of an imperialist", a collection of many of Rhodes' letters, edited by Thomas William Baxter.

Dates

  • 1974 (copies of originals dated 1868-1902)

Extent

2 Volumes

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 1804].
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MSS. Afr. s. 1804

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 665

Biographical / Historical

Cecil John Rhodes was born on the 5 July 1853 at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire and educated at Bishop's Stortford Grammar School. In 1870 he emigrated to Natal and made a fortune in the Kimberley diamond mines. In 1880 he founded the De Beers Mining Company. Rhodes dreamed of building a British Empire in Africa that stretched from the Cape to Cairo. In 1885 he persuaded the British government to form a protectorate over Bechuanaland (now Botswana). In 1889 he founded the British South Africa Company, which occupied Mashonaland and Matabeleland, thus forming Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe). Rhodes was prime minister of Cape Colony (1890-1896). The discovery of his role in Leander Starr Jameson's attempt to overthrow Paul Kruger in the Transvaal (Jameson's Raid, 1895-1896) led to his resignation. He died on the 26 March 1902 in Muizenberg, Cape Colony. By his will he established the Rhodes scholarships at Oxford University.

Compiled with reference to Philip's Encyclopedia (1999).

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Listed as no. 796 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Title
Copies of letters from Cecil John Rhodes edited by Thomas William Baxter
Status
Completed
Author
Marion Lowman
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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Weston Library
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