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Papers of Rev. Hopkins Badnall

  • ZA HPRA AB723
  • Fonds
  • 1798 - 1952

Included are diary extracts, correspondence, personal and family documents, notes and miscellaneous papers, press clippings and printed works.

The papers are predominantly of family interest but there are occasional comments of a social or political nature, pertaining to South Africa, and a some concern the Anglican Church in South Africa, including the controversies which nearly split the church asunder such as the Gray - Colenso and Meaman - Williams disputes and the Third Proviso Agitation, all of which played their part in determining the relationship between the Church of the Province of South Africa and the Church of England.

There are a number of interesting documents relating to Badnall's ecclesiastical offices, containing the seals of Bishops Gray and West Jones of Cape Town.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

John Bruce

  • ZA HPRA A732
  • Fonds
  • 1798

Detailed description of Bruce Manuscript (in the Oppenheimer Library).

There are two bound volumes numbered 4050 i and 4050 I. Both are transcripts of an manuscript by John Bruce entitled "Sketches of the political and commercial history of the Cape of Good Hope", but 4050 1 has 8 extra pages in front of the main work entitled "From the Earl of Macartney to General Dundas on his resigning the government to him". This copy is on microfiche.

4050 I is from the Phillips' Mss 20643, and was presented to Lord Macartney by John Bruce on 17 December 1796, just prior to Lord Macartney's leaving England to take up office as Governor of the Cape.

This work on the Cape consists of 443 pages and is divided into five sections.

Bruce, John

Earl George Macartney

  • ZA HPRA A735
  • Fonds
  • 1798

(in the Oppenheimer Library).

This manuscript, No. 4050 II is from the Phillips Mss 25485 and is entitled "Cape of Good Hope 1798". It was compiled by Lord Macartney, although it is not in his own hand.

There are 203 pages, bound into a volume, and made up as follows:

"Note of possession, taken of the Bay of Saldanha by Andrew Shillinge and Humphrey Fitzherbert 3rd July A.D. 1620, in the name of the King of England. Extracted from the records of the East India Company by Mr James Cobb in December 1796 for Lord Macartney".

This describes the peaceful possession taken by Saldanha (Table) Bay, in the presence of the Dutch and explains why these two commanders of the east India took this actions without order (1) to prevent the Cape falling into Dutch hands and (2) to secure it as a refreshment station for British ships. 6p.

A general description of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope and of the 4 districts of which it is composed, Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Drakenstein, Swellendam and Graaf Rein et.

Subjects covered include geographical.features, climate, boundaries of the districts, anchorages, whale fishing, agriculture, game, goods produced at the Cape and imports into the Cape, justice and revenue.

Statistics are frequently quoted, showing, for example, how the population is increasing and how many people have suffered the death penalty. 102p.

Court of Army Court Martial (Cape of Good Hope), Records

  • ZA HPRA A562
  • Fonds
  • 1798

'List of officers, non-commissioned officers and privates tried by General Courtsmartial from the date of the capture of the colony to the 30th October 1798'.

Supplies information of rank, name, regiment and result of the trial including such sentences as 1500 lashes, death and transportation to Botany Bay.

S.P. Malherbe, Collector

  • ZA HPRA A319
  • Fonds
  • 1798

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

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, A.de 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.

Papers of James Charles Napoleon Humphreys

  • ZA HPRA A2201
  • Fonds
  • 1799 - 1977

The Humphreys collection includes historical photographs concerning mining, the Anglo Boer War, early Johannesburg, amongst others. Most of the photographs formed part of Humphreys Collection of Africana. The photographs were given to Historical Papers by the Gubbins Africana Library in 1999, and have been added to the existing Humphreys collection of papers. There are loose photographs, albums, images on glass, filmstrips, postcards, and negatives on film and on glass.

The photographs have been sorted and most are stored with the photographic collections, unless indicated otherwise. Some duplicates and some photographs of limited interest have been grouped in their categories and stored with the original collection of papers.

The photographs taken by the Barnett brothers are Copyright 'The Star' newspaper.

James Charles Humphreys

Cape Town, diaries

  • ZA HPRA A199
  • Fonds
  • 1799-1839

Extracts from diaries kept by Australian immigrants during their visits to Cape Town en route to Australia.

Extract from Mrs. King's journal of her 2nd voyage to New South Wales, which commenced the 20th of November 1799; descriptions of Cape Town from diaries of Arthur Hardy, 1838, Henry Watson, 1839, Dr. Charles Davies, 1839 and William Hamilton 1854.

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.

Walter George Amos Mears, Abstracts and copies of documents

  • ZA HPRA A607
  • Fonds
  • 1800s-1900s

Abstracts of letters, bills, petitions, legal and shipping documents. The letters are addressed mainly to John Fairbairn and relate to Cape politics, so called “Kaffir” Wars, 1820 settlers and anti-convict agitation. Names of other correspondents include A.G. Bain, J. Bell, J.C. Chase, W. Ellis, J. Holland, J. Montagu, J. Philip, J. Read, Sir R. Southey, W.S. van Ryneveld and Sir J. Wylde.

Copies of 6 letters, 1825-1829, on the freedom of the press between J. Fairbairn, G. Greig, W. Greig, R.W. Hay, J. Hume, R. Plasket, T. Pringle and Lord C.H. Somerset.

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