Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. — Tacitus

Cecil Rhodes - Ian D. Colvin



Cecil Rhodes was called the Colossus of South Africa. He made enormous sums of money on South Africa's natural resources of diamonds and gold, but his real love was politics and he worked ceaselessly toward his vision of a Unified South Africa. Though always a controversial figure, he dedicated his entire life and fortune towards promoting what he considered the best aspects of British culture.

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CECIL JOHN RHODES.


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Preface

The books to which I am most indebted for the material used in this little Life of Rhodes are Sir Lewis Michell's Biography, which is full of valuable information; Mr. Philip Jourdan's book of personal memories, which in its simplicity and sincerity has a fair title to be called a masterpiece; the Speeches of Rhodes, by "Vindex"—a "mine" as biographers say; and the late Sir Thomas Fuller's admirable monograph. Besides these there are others which I name elsewhere.

I. D. C.
Royal Colonial Institute,
December  1912;
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