Excerpt from The Dorp and the Veld: Or Six Months in Natal
I will add, that beyond the possession of some forty acres of waste land, which are probably of little or no value, I have not the slightest interest in the country about which I am going to write, and I am equally ig... norant of any cause which should prejudice me against it. My only wish is to convey a correct impression of a land to which so many of our poor countrymen are looking with anxious and too often delusive hopes; and to prevent, as far as I can, the bitter disappoint ment, not to say despair, consequent on the failure of so important a step as that of emigration. If at the same time I can while away an otherwise listless hour for those to whom the subject is not of the same interest, and thus attract the attention of a single person whose power and in¿uence might aid his will in promoting the welfare of.
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