South Africa,1802

Scope and Content

includes letters from:

Mewes Bakker [Mews Bakker, Meeuwes Janse Bakker], Stellenbosch (in Dutch)

joint letter from J N Desch [Johan Nicolaas Desch, J Morel [Jan Morel] and J N Hamman, Stellenbosch - formation of Stellenbosch Missionary Society

Joseph Hardcastle, London (to South African Society) - Joseph Frey not coming (mission to Jews instead); approves deployment of Hendriecus Manenberg [Maanenberg], Bastiaan Tromp and Foster [Herman Verster]; (to Mr Maynair, Graaff-Reinet); (to Francis Dundas on termination of his appointment as Cape Colony Administrator)

Dr Johannes Vanderkemp, Graaff Reinet [Graaff-Reinet] and Bota's Place [Bota's Plaats]/Bota's Farm - proposal for fund to redeem slaves; journal extracts; annual report; copy of letter (in Dutch) to Dutch government (Batavian Republic) and Cape governor Jan Willem Janssens

Anthony Vanderlingen, Graaff-Reinet

T T van Ryneveld, Cape of Good Hope - approval of Vanderkemp establishing institution near Zwartkops [Swartkops]; further letters (in Dutch); oppressed should come to Dr Dr Johannes Vanderkemp; reluctant to exercise harsh measures

James Read, Bota's Farm [near Algoa Bay]

Edward Lemoyne, Fort Frederick [later Port Elizabeth]

joint letters by Hendriecus Maanenberg and G R Overbeek, Cape Town - Mozambique slave called Maart/March bought for £100 [GBP 100] to be educated in Cape Town; William Read arrived, suggest he learn Dutch and go to Swellendam; Maart doing well

William Read, Cape of Good Hope - teaching British soldiers; requests Dutch books;

- Abercromby, Hagel Kraal

H Ross, Castle of Good Hope [Cape Town] - sealed certificate in English (with Dutch translation) authorizing Christian education of Africans in Zwartkops Bay [Algoa Bay] area; (letter in Dutch) pacification following violence

John Eyre, Hackney [London] - control of Cape passing to Dutch Republic

journal for October 1800 to March 1801, for 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters; met James Read who would accompany him and who would stay at Graaff-Reinet; started schools; colonists hostile to helping Africans; armed attack on Graaff-Reinet; correspondence with Francis Dundas [Cape Colony Administrator] re missionary establishment near Algoa Bay

William Edwards, Kroemans river in Brikquas Land - left John Kicherer and Cornelius Kramer to join Dr Johannes Vanderkemp; vocabulary of local Africans

copies of joint letters from F N Desch and J N Hamman, officers Stellenbosch Missionary Society, officers of South African Society, Cape Town

South African Society, Cape of Good Hope - report from annual meeting, with copies of correspondence received from Old Niqualand [?Vleesbaai], Rodesand, Wagonmakers Valley [later Wellington] and from Stockholm [Sweden]; copy of questions put to William Anderson and his replies

William Anderson, Cape of Good Hope - responses to questions at his ordination

Hendriecus Maanenberg [Manenberg], Cape Town - work among slaves; William Anderson's ordination with signatures of 7 directors attesting the ordination

V A Schoonberg (secretary, South African Society), Cape Town - sent help to William Edwards; Dr Johannes Vanderkemp had trouble from robber bands, cattle stolen but recovered, leader killed

Bastiaan Tromp, Wagonmakers Valley

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Other Finding Aids

Detailed lists for incoming correspondence from Southern Africa, 1797-1899 (lists E6 & E7), are available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library. Includes detailed precis of letters up to 1866.

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