Andrew Murray die republikeinse Calvinis
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Murray played a most significant role in 1852 and again in 1853 at the International Treaty Meetings between Great Britain and first the (Transvaal) South African Republic and later his own land the Orange Free State. Though himself a British subject -- the Cape-born son of a Scottish father (Rev. Andrew Murray Sr.) and a Cape Afrikaner or Boer mother (nee Maria Stegmann) -- . Dr. Andrew Murray Jr., himself a South African by birth and by conviction, warmly espoused the cause of his own Boer countrymen, even when that clashed with the interests of Great Britain.
Wrote Murray's biographer Rev. Prof. Dr. Du Plessis in respect of the historic 1852 Sand River Convention: "From a letter to his brother, it appears that Murray was able to carry out his intention to be present at this historic conference at which the Transvaal people secured the acknowledgment of their independence [by Great Britain].... The meeting took place as arranged, on the 16th January ....
"On the following day was signed the Sand River Convention, by which the British Government 'guaranteed to the emigrant farmers ['Boers'] beyond the Vaal River the right to manage their own affairs, and to govern themselves according to their own laws, without any interference on the part of the British Government.' Thus closed an important chapter in the history of the Boer people, in which Murray played no insignificant part."
A similar event took place the following year (1853) in respect of the Territory of the Orange River Sovereignty, where Murray was the Minister in its State Capital of Bloemfontein. Writes his biographer: "The Official selected [by the British as] a Special Commissioner to secure the withdrawal of British authority [over the Orange River Sovereignty], was Sir George Russell Clark.... He arrived in Bloemfontein in August 1853....
"He was taken up to the little platform by the Rev. [Dr.] Andrew Murray -- the young, eloquent, earnest, and greatly respected clergyman of the [South African] congregation.... Mr. Murray kindly translated....
"The little republic [the Orange Free State] was thus fairly launched upon its new career. While the inhabitants of the Orange River Territory were making history in this fashion, their delegates -- Messrs. Frazer and Murray -- were...endeavouring to gain the ear of the Ministry [of the British Crown in England]."
In 1862, Murray conferred with the Executive Council of the South African Republic at Pretoria in the Transvaal. He then went to Rustenburg where, together with Paul Kruger (the famous Calvinistic State-President of the Transvaal Republic in subsequent years), Murray preached the Gospel (at Pentecost alias Whitsuntide) to the black chief Ramkok.
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