chapter  XVI
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Tutu Kwamina to secure the friendship of the British

Government were continually frustrated by the unreliable

conduct of the local authorities and by the total disregard

that they displayed for the treaties which had been executed:

and the advent of Sir Charles McCarthy marked the com­

mencement of a policy of open hostility which has been

continued to the present day. During the whole period

in which the English have been in relation with Ashanti

the goal of their ambition has appeared to be the conquest

and destruction of that kingdom, and at no time does any

serious effort appear to have been made to secure these

brave, intelligent and industrious people as permanent allies

of the British Crown. On the contrary, the English have

from the first identified themselves with the debased coast

tribes and especially with the quarrelsome, timid and

indolent Fantis. With the unerring instinct of a profe­

ssedly philanthropic nation, they have selected the sturd­

iest, most enterprising and most courageous tribe as the

special object of hostility, and have consistently endeav­

oured, after the fashion too common among philanthropists,

to secure in the most perfect manner the survival of the