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S.P. Malherbe, Collector

  • ZA HPRA A319
  • Fonds
  • 1798

Poems in Dutch written by a Cape resident in the 18th century, 1798 (water-mark).

Robert Brooke

  • ZA HPRA A737
  • Fonds
  • 1795 - 1798

The Brooke letters, No. 4050 IV in the Oppenheimer Library, were written by Robert Brooke, Governor of St. Helena, to Earl Macartney, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope.

The letters show that Brooke felt feelings of warm friendship for Earl Macartney, to whom he acknowledged a debt of gratitude for the interest he had shown in his affairs.

As governors of neighbouring territories both men had problems in common and were able to assist each other. When Macartney was very short of specie at the Cape, Brooke was able to raise a private loan of 2500 to help him out of his difficulties.

Amongst the subjects discussed in the letters were the taking and future government of the Cape, the plan to attack Spanish South America, the progress of the war against the French, the convoying of East India Company ships and the seizure of neutral ships which are trading illegally.

Brooke, Robert

Sir George Yonge, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A574
  • Fonds
  • 9 April 1799

Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, 1799-1801

Letter, Stratford Place, to Monsieur le Viscomte de Vaux, declaring that Yonge knows nothing about an Abbé Young, whose name is not even the same as his own. He returns papers on Mauritius, with which the government of the Cape of Good Hope is not at all concerned and feels that there is no need for him to enter a subscription as he can purchase the book when it comes up for public sale. Hopes that the Comte de Fouchécour (Courtenay) has a passport as otherwise he will not be allowed to land at the Cape of Good Hope.

George Macartney

  • ZA HPRA A734
  • Fonds
  • 1798 - 1799

This bound volume, No. 4050 (III) in the Oppenheimer Library, comes from the Phillips Mss 1896. It contains a diary, copies of proclamations and copies of circulars and letters to officials, which cover 64 un-numbered pages in the volume.

The details are as follows:

Diary of official business at the Cape 1798 November 1-20, 24 pages: it is concerned with a variety of subjects including burgher petitions, government contracts, Land revenue, customs, taxation and extorts. At the end is a copy of an oath sworn by Lord Macartney, 1798 November 19, that he has accepted no bribes and that he has not abused his office in any way.

Proclamations: 4 items 1798 November 3-19, 8 items: they relate to defaced currency, the prohibition of the distillation of spirits from grain, the assessment of districts for repair of roads avid the appointment of General Dundas as Macartney's successor.

Circulars and letters to officials; 33 items 1798 October 28-November 20, 31 pages: subjects covered included the sale of wine and provisions to passing ships, wharfage dues, prize goods, the examination of the Vendue Masters' accounts, the maintenance of the Opgaaf Rolls and the establishment of the Customs Department.

The names of correspondents included W.A. Ackerman, A. Barnard, J.Baumgardt, F.R. Bresler, Waal, J. H.Greene, J. Holland, P. Leyns,A Maxwell, J. Pringle and H. Ross.

At the end of the volume is the draft of a letter, 1p probably in Macartney's own hand, 1799 Jan, 29, written on board the "Stately" on his homeward journey and addressed to Evan Nepean, the Admiralty, London, enclosing a packet from Admiral Christian at the Cape.

Transvaal Archives

  • ZA HPRA A1540
  • Fonds
  • 1800s

Research notes, copies of correspondence and maps.

The first file relates to attempts by 19th century pioneers to link Transvaal with Delagoa Bay by means of roads and refers to J. Albasini, J.P. Fitzpatrick, G.P. Moodie, A.H. Nellmapius, A.H. Potgieter and C. Trichardt. The second file relates to Colonel Villebois-Mareuil, a French volunteer with the Boer forces during the South African War, and includes press clippings and his correspondence with General Joubert and F.W. Reitz. The third is South African War material, including a translation of the day-book of David E. Malan, written at Colenso 12 Nov. 1899 - 16 Feb. 1900. The fourth contains notes from Sir C.J. Brand's papers on the part he
played in 1854-1855 in helping to draft a constitution for the Boer republic and also notes from G.S. Preller's papers on the Afrikaans language movement.

John Hanning Speke, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A559
  • Fonds
  • mid 1800s

John Hanning Speke (1827-1864), Explorer

Rejoices that Brun agrees with him that the Nyanza Lake is the true source of the White Nile and announces his intention to embark on a third expedition to Africa to settle the source of the Nile.

Anne Barnard, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A557
  • Fonds
  • 23 May 1801

Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) was a Poet and letter-writer, wife of Andrew Barnard, Colonial Secretary at the Cape (1797-1802).

Letter from Cape of Good Hope, to Henry Dundas (Lord Melville, London. Gossips about Cape personalities, including the late Governor, Sir George Yonge.

Jacob Cornelis De Bruyn, Inventory

  • ZA HPRA A379
  • Fonds
  • 12 July 1801

Inventory of the estate of the late J.C. de Bruyn and his widow, Cornelis Regina, effected by the notary Jan Bernhard Hoffman.

Bears the crest of the Dutch East India Company and the seal of 'J.B.H. notaris a Cabo'.

Maurits Bartels, Papers

  • ZA HPRA A153
  • Fonds
  • 1796-1801

Merchant, Cape of Good Hope

Correspondence and papers addressed to De Heeren J. Temmink en C. Van Twist, Amsterdam, re business affairs.

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