Journal of a Visit to South Africa, in 1815 and 1816. With Some Account of the Missionary Settlements of the United Bretheren, near The Cape of Good Hope.
Vii, directions to binder and 406 pp.; 12 coloured full page aquatints and a folding map to the rear. There is an extra copy of the plate “Distant View of Longwood St. Helena” loosely inserted. Page 149/150 is a later copy of the text but is barely noticeable.
Accompanied by the government surveyor, John Melvill, Latrobe set out on 5.3.1816 for the interior on a journey that lasted sixty-eight days, during which he selected a site, for the third settlement at Witterivier near the Sunday’s River Valley. While at the Cape he reorganised the establishments at Groenekloof and Genadendal, the regulations he introduced for communal life having a permanent influence on mission stations of all denominations in South Africa. When he left the Cape in October 1816 he was accompanied by Lord Charles Somerset’s son Plantagenet, whom the Governor had entrusted to his care. This journey and the previous work in 1815 by Latrobe in setting up Groenekloof and Genadendal are covered in this book.
First published in 1818, (it is). An accurate and observant piece of work, it gives an impartial view of conditions at the Cape. Of the twelve aquatint illustrations, ten are after drawings by Latrobe, and two after Melvill. (Dictionary of South African Biography, vol.III, pg 499.)
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