My dear Major
After ten days' fighting we reached here yesterday. It was understood that the Boers intended making a big stand here, but a series of reverses seems to have taken all the heart out of them, and instead of a desperate fight, we had a triumphal march into the town, Lord Roberts and Kitchener heading the Guards Brigade. The people here are rejoicing and the whole of the town Commando have given up their arms and claimed protection. We SA's have had wonderful luck, we have been in the thick of each fight and have lost only one man and 7 horses. The Boer artillery is well served but they can't and won't stand up to ours. The health of the men is now excellent and yours truly is A.1. not a day sick nor sorry so far.
[Captain Charles James READE]