The South African Letters of Thomas Pringle

2020-08-11T20:58:07+00:00November 24th, 2011|

Thomas Pringle (1789–1834) is remembered as ‘the father of English poetry’ in this country, as leader of the only Scottish settler party in 1820 and as a champion of the freedom of the press. He had an earlier career as founding editor of Blackwood’s Magazine in Edinburgh and a later one as man of letters in London and secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society. The abolition of slavery in the British Empire came into force in August 1834 but, crippled since infancy and suffering from tuberculosis, he died in December 1834, aged only 45. In South Africa he worked for the relief of the hard-pressed settlers, the emancipation of the Khoisan and protection of the Xhosa on the frontier from retaliatory commando raids. In Cape Town he ran the South African Public Library, edited, with his friend John Fairbairn, the Cape’s first independent newspaper and the bi-monthly South African Journal, and established a successful ‘classical and commercial academy’ until all were brought down by the hostility of the Governor, Lord Charles Somerset. He fought back but, financially ruined, returned to his final career in Britain. His papers, sent to Cape Town by his widow Margaret, were lost but surviving letters in other collections here bring to life the character, outlook and South African career of a notable figure in our history.

Trials of Slavery. Selected Documents Concerning Slaves from the Criminal Records of the Council of Justice at the Cape of Good Hope, 1705-1794

2021-10-29T16:37:42+00:00July 24th, 2005|

Trials of Slavery is a first in South African historiography, a collection of 87 verbatim records of trials involving slaves at the Cape during the 18th century. The cases are drawn from the exceptionally rich archives of the Council of Justice at the Cape of Good Hope under the rule of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and illuminate not only the grim details of crime and punishment at the Cape in that century, but also abundantly details telling features of the lives, labours, languages and outlook of slaves and other inhabitants of the Dutch colony. Reading these case records provides glimpses of these slaves as flesh and blood people instead of as a faceless, silent mass, the object only of outsiders’ observations and enumeration. The transcriptions are printed in the original Dutch, with an English translation

The Cape Diaries of Lady Anne Barnard 1799-1800; Vol. II

2022-02-17T14:49:28+00:00December 5th, 1999|

This second volume of the Cape diaries, dealing with 1800, further develop this rich and entertaining account of life at the Cape in the early years of British rule. Politically the Diaries lay bare the dynamics of the conflicts among senior office-holders, not only in the civil administration, but also in and between the army and navy. Lady Anne's independence of thought is reflected in her ideas on such diverse matters as animal rights or interior decoration or landscaping. She offers valuable insights into the social constraints upon women at the time

The Cape Diaries of Lady Anne Barnard 1799-1800; Vol. I

2021-02-24T14:52:37+00:00July 24th, 1998|

The Cape Diaries are the private and unrevised records on which Lady Anne based her Journals. Consequently they express Lady Anne's uncensored views on a wide variety of topics, social and political. The diaries are not only illuminating but also vastly entertaining because of her brilliant command of language and the pleasure she took in the act of writing itself. They greatly enlarge our historical awareness of the transition in her day from the aristocratic, hierarchical world of the 18th to the fast-emerging bourgeois culture of the 19th century.

The Cape Journals of Lady Anne Barnard 1797-1798

2021-02-24T13:57:52+00:00July 24th, 1993|

Lady Anne's journals were revised from her original diaries and produced for the interest of her immediate family and friends. They were never intended for publication. However, they are invaluable in the light which they cast on 'the interesting domestic particulars of life in Cape Town', dealing with matters which male writers ignored. In addition, her place in society, as wife to the secretary of the first British governor of the Cape and the latter's official hostess, gave her access to a wide range of classes and people. Although carefully censored, her journals, enhanced by the quality of her writing, give a unique of view of life at the Cape at the end of the 18th century

Briefwisseling van Hendrik Swellengrebel Jr. oor Kaapse Sake 1779-1792

2021-03-28T12:17:16+00:00July 24th, 1982|

Hendrik Swellengrebel Jr (1734-1803) was the son of Hendrik Swellengrebel who served as governor for a number of years and retained extensive properties there. The younger Swellengrebel lived a comfortable life in the Netherlands, but visited the Cape between 1776-1777. Thereafter he retained an interest in Cape affairs. He became associated with the rebel Cape Patriot movement and did much to promote its economy. His letters contain much information on the social history of the colony in the last quarter of the 18th century.

Beschryvinge van Kaap der Goede Hoope, met de zaaken daar toe behoorende, door François Valentyn, 1726. Dl. II.

2022-08-16T21:06:19+00:00July 24th, 1973|

This second part of Valentyn's travels continues with the account of his visit in 1702 and a later visit of 1714. It includes a lengthy account of the customs of the Khoi and their language, the fauna to be encountered and the early history of the settlement.

Beschryvinge van Kaap der Goede Hoope, met de zaaken daar toe behoorende, door François Valentyn, 1726. Dl. I.

2022-08-16T21:14:30+00:00July 24th, 1971|

François Valentyn (1666-1727) was sent out to the Dutch East Indies as a young man to work as a minister of religion. His interests extended to the natural world which he encountered in the Moluccas and the Cape. Valentyn visited the Cape several times over a period of almost 30 years and observed the changes occurring in the fledgling colony over this time. As a passionate observer of facts rather than a true scientist, his work is packed with information. This volume is the first complete English translation of part 5 of Valentyn's account of the Cape to be published.

M.D. Teenstra – De vruchten mijner werkzaamheden, gedurende mijne reize over de Kaap de Goede Hoop, naar Java en terug, over St Helena, naar de Nederlanden, 1830

2020-12-20T11:50:52+00:00July 25th, 1943|

M.D. Teenstra was a Dutch gentleman-farmer, who visited the Cape in 1825. During the course of his stay he went for a cure at the Caledon baths, and visited Genadendal and Cape Agulhas, returning to Cape Town via Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. His observations are acute and full and he made full use of statistics and other official information available to him. His editor considers him one of the finest writers on the Cape of that period.

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