William MacGregor letters, 1899-1918 0.1 Linear Feet — 8 items
Correspondence sent to Sir William MacGregor primarily during his tenure as governor of Lagos Colony, Nigeria. One letter was written from Lagos in 1918. Topics include the new government when Northern Nigeria became a British protectorate, the West African Frontier Force, water sourcing, the rubber trade, and liquor traffic. All letters are signed and the majority are manuscript, except for two that are typed. Includes one black-and-white 6x10 cm photograph of an Nigerian family outside their hut.
There is one letter (1899 March 11) from Frederick Butler, a clerk in the Nigeria Department of the Colonial Office, writing that he is sending literature, including a report on the liquor traffic in West Africa. There are two letters (1899 August 6 and 1899 August 30) from John Balie Henderson, a leading engineer for the Queensland Water Supply Department, regarding water bores and the Great Artesian Basin. There are also two letters written by Sir Reginald Laurence Antrobus, crown agent for the colonies and a civil servant in the Colonial Office, one letter (1899 October 15) regarding the new Niger Administration and financial management, the other letter (1904 June 9) regarding a scandal, "the report that the acting Resident proposed to hoist the British flag in Ibadan is wholly untrue.... it seems undesirable to make too much of it." A letter (1900 April 26) from the Colonial Secretariat at Lagos deals largely with the liquor trade and describes movement of the West African Frontier Force. There is a letter (1901 April 21) from Sir Ralph Moor, the first high commissioner of the British Southern Nigeria Protectorate, regarding details of the rubber trade. The letter includes the photograph of a Nigerian family. Finally, there is a letter from the Chief Justice at Lagos, A. R. Gunnington, regarding the his unfair replacement.