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Col. Robert Jacob, Gordon,

  • ZA HPRA A157
  • Fonds
  • 1782

Soldier, explorer and founder of South Africa's merino sheep industry

'Versameling van orders die van tijd tot tijd aan het Battaillon uytgegeeven zijn door ... Col. R.J. Gordon in 't Casteel van Cabo de Goede Hoop 1782'.

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.

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.

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.

Cape of Good Hope, Letters

  • ZA HPRA A569
  • Fonds
  • 1795-1802

Transcripts of letters from Dutch farmers, translated into English, to General J.H. Craig, complaining that the Hottentot cattle are trespassing on their land; letter, 4 Oct. 1798, from the London Missionary Society to Lord Macartney, asking help in founding a mission; letters from Moravian missionaries to successive governors requesting help and complaining of infringements by local farmers: report, 17 Feb. 1802, by M. Gie to General F. Dundas, giving details of land round Baviaans Kloof.

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