Journals

Third Journey (MS 107/2)

16th December 1778


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[16th December 1778]
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warm schoon weer. met een frisse oost: windje die het dragelyk maakte en met de son omliep term: 70 ­ 86 ­ 73.

vertrokken n:o: op met een draay door dit laag gebergte. daar na n:o: t:o: op de helft. en arriveerde na vyf uur rydens seer sandig pad met bosjes de namgas rivtje op, by de vee plaats van Pinar dus genaamt. daar uitspanden. dit zyn hier alle tamelyk vlakke kommen met laag gebergte omgeven.
de stratas confuus en als met platen bepleistert. cos. weinig kwarts. schaars van water. peilde hexerivier sneeuwberg by de vos. w:z:w: 6½ myl. bar: 27 ­ 1.

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[16th December 1778]
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Fine, hot weather with a fresh easterly breeze which veered as the day progressed, making the heat bearable. Thermometer 70 degrees to 86 degrees to 73 degrees

We departed to north east with a turn through this low mountain range. Thereafter north east by east and after a five hour ride along Namgas Riviertje on very sandy track with shrubs arrived at Pienaar’s stock –farm, which has the same name, and outspanned there. The lands consists of flattish basins here surrounded by low mountains. The strata are mixed and as though covered with slabs. Cos.; a little quartz. Shortage of water. Took bearings on Hex Rover; the Sneeuwberg at De Vos, west south-west 6½ miles. Barometer 27 inches 1 tenth.