The Details Of The
Long Struggle Between The Seekers For The Franchise And The
Refusers Of It May Be Quickly Sketched, But They Cannot Be Entirely
Ignored By Any One Who Desires To Understand The Inception Of That
Great Contest Which Was The Outcome Of The Dispute.
At the time of the Convention of Pretoria (1881) the rights of
burghership might be obtained by one year's residence.
In 1882 it
was raised to five years, the reasonable limit which obtains both
in Great Britain and in the United States. Had it remained so, it
is safe to say that there would never have been either an Uitlander
question or a great Boer war. Grievances would have been righted
from the inside without external interference.
In 1890 the inrush of outsiders alarmed the Boers, and the
franchise was raised so as to be only attainable by those who had
lived fourteen years in the country. The Uitlanders, who were
increasing rapidly in numbers and were suffering from the
formidable list of grievances already enumerated, perceived that
their wrongs were so numerous that it was hopeless to have them set
right seriatim, and that only by obtaining the leverage of the
franchise could they hope to move the heavy burden which weighed
them down. In 1893 a petition of 13,000 Uitlanders, couched in most
respectful terms, was submitted to the Raad, but met with
contemptuous neglect. Undeterred, however, by this failure, the
National Reform Union, an association which organised the
agitation, came back to the attack in 1894.
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