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Joseph Solomon, Memo

  • ZA HPRA A302
  • Fonds
  • 24 November 1829

Memo to accompany the judicial proceedings relative to the affairs of the complaint of Joseph Solomon against Ben and Polly Henry before the Sitting Magistrate, written from St.Helena'. Ben and Polly Henry were slaves, accused of stealing wine.

Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, Letters

  • ZA HPRA A566
  • Fonds
  • 1821 - 1829

Letters from missionaries in South Africa

Includes letters from S. Broadbent, E. Edwards T. Hodgson, S. Kay and G. Sass to the Secretaries of the Wesleyan Mission, London. Also letters from Rev. R. Moffat to Dr. J. Philip and Rev. R. Miles. The letters describe the efforts of the missionaries to overcome native superstition, to learn and translate into the native languages and their setbacks due to inter-tribal warfare.

Nederduits Gereformeerrde Kerk, Letters

  • ZA HPRA A135
  • Fonds
  • 1668-1829

Mainly letters from the Governor's secretary (successively W. Helot, L. Meyer and M. Kervel) to the Synod and Council of the Synod at the Cape, concerning the nomination of deacons and the election of elders; also LS 1668, Amsterdam, from Jan Blaauw and
Salomon Sweers, executors of the estate of Zacharius Wagenaar, to the Deacons at the Cape, accompanying money from the estate to be used for the 'free poor' at the Cape; LS 1717 from Stellenbosch churchmen, asking financial help from the Cape Synod; 2 LS 1742 and 1769 from clergy in Amsterdam to their brethren at the Cape, on the state of religion; ALS 23 Mar. 1768, Meerendal, from H. Russouw to J. van der Spuey, book-keeper of the Dutch East India Company, on a debt owed by him; LS 30 May 1829, Cape Town, from S. Oliver to the Organ Committee, on the impending arrival of a new organ (in English). Many of the letters are sealed.

Sam Sinclair, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A98
  • Fonds
  • 1824-1829

Ship's surgeon

Descriptive account of the voyages of the 'Owen Glendower', 'Helicon' and 'The Sparrowhawk', based mainly in Simon's Bay but sailing up and down the East coast of Africa, visiting Mauritius, Seychelles, Cape Delgado, Inhambane, Zanzibar (which he found half destroyed by fire) and Mombasa. While stationed at the Cape, Sinclair made a journey of 150 miles inland to the bot baths at 'Bramflee', visiting Stellenbosch, Franschoek Valley, Worcester, Drakenstein and the Moravian mission station at Genadendal. He describes the way of life and hospitality of a typical 'Boor' household, a visit to a Constantia vineyard, landing at Port Natal, the Zulus, Algoa Bay and a shipwreck on Robben Island. He mentions Chaka, Lt. F.G. Farewell, the Rev. Holbeck, James Holman (The blind traveller: see Holman's Voyage round the world, v.2, p. 106),

Sir R. Plasket (Colonial Secretary, who sailed on Sinclair's ship to St. Helena) and the governor of the Cape, Lord Charles Somerset.

Ontvangst van wyn, brandewyn, Register

  • ZA HPRA A580
  • Fonds
  • 1 September 1828 - 4 February 1829

Contains a record of dates and quantities of wine received from the wine growers of the Cape of Good Hope.

Johannes De Wet, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A216
  • Fonds
  • 21 July 1831

Cape jurist, politician, writer and businessman

Letter, 1831 Jul.21, Colonial Office, Cape Town, from John Bell to Advocate de Wet.

Objects to de Wet's statement on the dual payment of salaries to public officials. Also draft translation in Dutch of this letter and of de Wet's reply of 25 Jul.1831.

Robert Dundas Thomson

  • ZA HPRA A148
  • Fonds
  • 1832-1833

Physician, lecturer in chemistry, M.O.H. Marylebone, author of medical works, son of James Thomson and nephew of Thomas Thomson, both famous medical men and authors

'Journal of a voyage from England to Bombay, China and the Cape of Good Hope in 1832 and 1833'

Describes his voyage as assistant surgeon on the 'Duchess of Atholl' in the service of the East India Company. Pages 398-433 relate to a visit to the Cape from 15-24 Jan. 1833, in which he comments on the social life at the Cape, a visit to Mr. Cloete at Constantia to see his vineyards and cellars, and on George Thompson, the traveller.

The journal is illustrated with coloured drawings of the 'Duchess of Atholl' and the flags of the East India Company and pen and ink hand-drawn map of the Cape and geological sketch of the Mountain and Table Bay.

Thomas Pringle

  • ZA HPRA A89
  • Fonds
  • 1826-1833

Poet, journalist and 1820 Settler

'Ten letters of Thomas Pringle (1826-1833) together with his The Desolate Valley: a South African Scene and The Wild Forester of Winterberg: a South African Ballad' 34p.

Correspondents are Mrs. W.B. Rawson, A. Watts and T. Wilson and the subjects of the correspondence are literature and the slavery question. 'The Desolate Valley' was published in African Sketches, London, Moxon, 1834 and 'The Wild Forester of Winterberg' under the title of 'The Forester of the Neutral Ground' in Afar in the desert, London, Longmans, 1881.

Originals are in the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Thomas Stringfellow, Contract

  • ZA HPRA A178
  • Fonds
  • 10 July 1833

'Hottentot or Free Person of Colour: contract of hiring and service of husband and wife including children'.

Drawn up between T. Stringfellow of Grahamstown and Richard Dick, prize negro and his wife, whereby they agreed to serve as domestic servants for six months and to be paid fifteen shillings, plus food and lodging. Signed by T. Stringfellow and marks made by R. Dick and his wife in the presence of P. McRosty, Clerk of the Peace.

Charles Lamb

  • ZA HPRA A759
  • Fonds
  • 1827 - 1834

The papers consist 6 items probably relating to the period 1827-1834. There are prints of Lamb himself and of Christ's Hospital, a wash drawing of Lamb's house at Islington, a letter from Lamb to Thomas Pringle, page-proofs of Pringle's African sketches, London, Moxon, 1834 and a note in Lamb's handwriting attached to the proofs. The papers are of South African interest because of the Pringle proofs which contain manuscript revisions and comments by Lamb, Thomas Pringle (1789-1834) was a Scottish poet, 1820 settler to South Africa, librarian at Cape Town and co-founder with John Fairbairn of the South African Commercial Advertiser, who incurred the displeasure the governor Lord Charles Somerst because of his political writings and had to return to England in 1826. From then until his death he was secretary of the Anti-slavery Society and concentrated on his literary pursuits. Pringle is important as being the first poet to write in English on South African subjects.

In 1828 Pringle published Ephemerides: occasional poems written in Scotland and South Africa, Smith, Elder & Co. London.?.

Out of the 6 poems in the page proofs, 4 had been published in this volume. It appears that even after publication Pringle was willing to polish up and revise his poems. Not only did he submit them to Lamb for criticism but also to S.T. Coleridge. In the Quarterly Bulletin of the South African Library - Vol. 23 No. 3, March 1969; p. 68, -? Dr Lewin Robinson describes the Pringle page proofs, with manuscript revisions and corrections by Coleridge, which had been acquired by the South African Library at a Sotheby's auction in 1968.

The Lamb papers were bought in May 1972 by the Library from Francis Edwards, the London dealer. According to Dr Lewin Robinson the Lamb papers cane up for auction at Sotheby's in 1968 at the same time as the Coleridge papers. The provenance prior to this is lost, other than that Pringle's widow gave the proof sheets to Adam White (1817-1874), the British naturalist, according to notes by White in the papers.

Lamb, Charles

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