- ZA HPRA A423
- 1848 - 1895
Containing Letter-book 1864-1875 containing copies of his correspondence mainly relating to his offices and appointments. Among his correspondents are the Earl of Carnarvon, D. Erskine, Earl of Granville, R.W. Keate and John Scott; 12 letters to Bird 1848-1892, mainly of a personal nature, and including a congratulatory letter from the Natal Society on the completion of the Annals of Natal; 2 fragments of ALS by Bird and a copy of a letter, 16 May 1887, Pietermaritzburg, to Sir H.T. Holland, on the subject of responsible government for Natal; 10 Mss on subjects such as quails, the honeybird, poetry, errors in the survey of Natal, Transvaal in 1881, and an Ms verse entitled 'Squire Peter and the lady of Westerford: a story of Rondebosch'. Also a part printed, part Ms account 'Knickerbocker's history of the Cape of Good Hope', by Col. Reginald Roseculler, printed and copied by Bird from an original sketch. Several privately printed items on the history of Natal, his own career as a public servant and the compilation of the Annals of Natal; printed letters to Sir T. Shepstone and Lord Knutsford, on the government of the colony; 2 books of poetry, 1891 and 1895 entitled Mnemosyne, privately printed.