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The struggle of the Dutch republics

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Listen to what all the free iiations of Europe unanimously say, and what happily is more and more feit and expressed in the United States also.

They all send up prayers to God Almighty to decide the issue of this war according to righteousness.

Do you English dare to join in that prayer?

If realy you dare, I hope that many sons of the Puritans will think of the burning words of Isaiah :

"When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you. Yea, when ye make many prayers I will not hear;

your hands are full of blood."

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To your Grace the universal "condemnation and execration" of the wrong your government commits by this war is proof of the ignorance of the continental press, "the only source of its knowledge about South Africa being due to the information which is furnished by Dr. Leyds and his subsidized organs ..

I hear something different in that universal outburst of indignation, in the passionate prayer for the Republics of all the free Nations of this world.

"I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying:

"Alleluia! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."

With the highest respect, believe me, your Grace's obedient servant

Charles Boissevain,

Director and Editor of the Algemeen Handelsblad.

Christmas, 1899. Amsterdam.