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William Hosea Papers

  • ZA HPRA A136
  • Fonds
  • 1782-1784

Official of the East India Company, passenger on board the 'Grosvenor', wrecked off the Pondoland coast 4 August 1782

ALS, 9 Apr. 1782, from W. Hosea to Sir R. Chambers (Judge of the Supreme Court of Bengal), written on board the 'Grosvenor', off the coast of Ceylon, and probably posted in Trincomalee, describing the harrowing experiences of Mr. and Mrs. Hosea in their efforts to reach the 'Grosvenor' at Madras, which was besieged by the French, and the subsequent perilous voyage. This letter is quoted in The true story of the Grosvenor East Indiaman by P.R. Kirby, published Cape Town, Oxford University Press, 1960. Also Ts transcript and negative of letter and Ds, 7 Apr. 1784, Calcutta, proving Mr. Hosea's will.

English pilot, Extracts

  • ZA HPRA A147
  • Fonds
  • 1784-1785

'Beskrivelse udtaget af den Engelske Peiloth og oversat paa Dansk i aaret ao 1784 & 1785 af Her Fagtoer Woliam til notte for siine landsmend'. 287p. Ms vol.

Extracts from The English PIlot, translated into Danish in 1784 and 1785 by Mr. Fagtoer Woliam for the use of his countrymen.

George Forster, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A154
  • Fonds
  • 22 January 1786

Traveller in the service of the East India Co.

Letter to Lord Melville.

Describes the situation at the Cape under Governor Van de Graaf, the importance of the Cape as a source of supplies for the Ile de Bourbon (Reunion) and the Ile de France (Mauritius) and the strength of the Dutch garrison.

Macquarrie, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A568
  • Fonds
  • 13-18 June 1788

Describes a visit to the Cape of Good Hope where several visitors came on board his ship the 'Dublin' including Lt. Bligh of the 'Bounty', Mr. van Carman, Mr. Mason, a botanist sent out to gether specimens in Africa and Colonel Gordon, Commandant of the Dutch troops at the Cape.

Leo Fouche

  • ZA HPRA A1071
  • Fonds
  • 1387 - 1791

The collection contains documents of the (French) Ministry of Water and Forest, principally pertaining to Albert François de Stappens, King's Councillor and Minister of Waters and Forests. In addition to the official documents on land disputes, surveying, road work and forestry, there are household accounts of Madame de Stappens for wine, dresses, jewellery, furniture, hats and meat. Also included are documents of the various estates, including the Seigneuries of Corbinaut and Herlies (Beaufremez family), the Marquisat of Roubaix (d'Essart family), as well as a 14th century document of the d'Ays family. Subjects are leases, sales of land, conditions of vassals and tenant farmers, estate expenses, land disputes and appointment of bailiffs.

Jan van Reenen, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A129
  • Fonds
  • 1790-1791

Farmer and member of the second expedition to find the wreck of the Grosvenor

'Journaal gehouden door Jacob van Reenen van den landtogt gedaan van der 24 Augustus 1790 tot den 7 Januar 1791'.

'Journaal gehouden door Jacob van Renen op de Landtogt gedaan na het gestrande Engelse Schip de Grosvenor ... vertrokken den 24 Aug.1790'. 1795 Jan.23.

Niederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A81
  • Fonds
  • 1789-1793

Journal of a voyage of inspection made by two ships, 'Zephir' and 'Havik' in the service of the Company to enquire into the state of the defences in the Dutch East Indies and the Cape of Good Hope. Capt. J.O. Vaillant was in command, assisted by Lieut. Col. J.F.L. Greevestein, the writer of the Journal. The voyage began at Amsterdam on 18 Feb.1789 and ended on 16 Jun.1793, pp. i-xiv 'Extracten uit het Register der resolutien van de Hoog Mag (Secreet); pp. 1-372. Journal of the voyage in French; pp.375-426 'Korte en zaakelyken inhoud van de verrigtingen der militaire commissie in Oost Indien'. 17 pages relate to their visit to the Cape from 27 May-Oct. 1789. They find much discontent under Governor van de Graaf, describe the garrison defences and criticise the hospital and the Company's garden. Farmer Cloete of Constantia complained to them about the compulsory sale of wine to the Company at fixed low prices.

On the return journey they call at Algoa Bay and 36 pages describe the journey overland to Cape Town from 1 Aug.-7 Sep. 1792. There are comments on the state of affairs at the Cape, Stellenbosch, Swellendam and Graaff Reinet.

Mock, a written will

  • ZA HPRA A152
  • Fonds
  • 16 September 1795

Will of William of Nassau and his wife distributing their possessions to various individuals at the Cape.

C.F. von Huegel, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A151
  • Fonds
  • 8 June 1796

Letter, The Hague, to the 'Burgers Representanten' appointed by the National Assembly.

Encloses papers relating to his case and says he was the only captain of the whole Cape garrison who remained faithful to the Batavian Republic and did not submit to the English at the Cape.

Papers of Sir James Henry Craig

  • ZA HPRA A24
  • Fonds
  • 1796 - 1797

The collection contains a letterbook, 30 September 1796 - 22 May 1797, entitled 'Homeward letters', containing copies of 25 letters (128 pages) from Craig to Colonel R. Brooke (Governor of St. Helena), J. Duncan (Governor of Bombay), Rt. Hon. H. Dundas (Secretary of State for War) and the Governor and Supreme Council, Bombay. Subjects are the shortage of money, corn and gunpoweder at the Cape, the transport of troops between India and the Cape, the use of slaves and raising of the Hottentot Corps and the state of the Napoleonic War.

Craig, Sir James Henry

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