Journals

Third Journey (MS 107/2)

22nd January 1779


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[22nd January 1779]
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warm weer. deisig z:w: wind na den middag.
term 66 ­ 96 ­ 80.
gepasseerde nagt fors z:o: hier kreeg ik ‘t eerst dese onaangename wind.

peiling van hobregt [blank] klip fontein [blank] rodesand cloof z o: t o: rodesand [blank] rode sand begin hooggebergte o. 2 gr n: 3½ myl midden honingberg o:n:o: een myl piket berg n. ½ w.ribeek Casteel z: t o 3 myl. Juffer krieger kleine berg riv: loopt ten zuiden de honing berg. in de grote. hooge punt van de piket berg noorden.
[in margin:] zag in den agtermiddag de tafelberg 5 a 6 myl z:z:w: vong vele schild padden

vertrok z:w: aan passeerde de plaats driefontein na vier uur rydens latende rhibeek cast: bergs n:w: end op de linkerhand. 1 myl. arriveerde na 3½ uur by de predicant Golbag in het Swartland het geen begint so dra men over berg rivier hier komt.
hoge ruggens klei veel gemengt met gravel en sand. en de grond niet swart maar geel. veel rhinoster bosjes geen klippen. diep riv: komt uit rhibeek casteel loopt west en z:w: daarna z. +

[annotated on page 39:]+ krygt het water van Swartland ook de Soute riv die er by enen louw inloopt mosselbank riv komt meest van Paarde berg kant. loopt tussen gous en louw in dese diepe riv. die nu niet liep. dese diepe riv loopt als hy so vol is dat hy in zee doorbreekt loopt hy door de grote Soutpan. by Jan biesjes kraal by het paarden eiland anders loop hy er langs in Soutriv by de galg.

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[22nd January 1779]
22
Hot weather, hazy. A south west wind in the afternoon. Thermometer 66 degrees to 96 degrees to 80 degrees. Last night strong south east wind. Here had these unpleasant winds for the first time.

Bearings from Hobregt:; Klipfontein Roodezand Kloof south east to east; Roodezand, [blank]; the beginning of the high Roodezand range, east 2 degrees north 3½ miles; Piket Berg (Mrs. Krieger) north half west; middle of the Honingbergen, east north-east, one mile; Riebeek’s Casteel south by east 3 miles; the high point of the Piketberg, north. The Klein Berg River runs into the Groote Berg River to the south of the Honingberg; highest point of the Piket Berg to the north. Saw Table Mountain in the late afternoon after five or six miles south south-west; caught many tortoises.

Departed sout westerly, After four hours’ riding passed the farm Driefontein, leaving the north west end of Riebeeck’s Casteel mountains one mile to the left. After three and a half hours ride arrived at the preacher Golbag in the Swartland, which starts as soon as one reaches the Berg River.

High ridges, much clay mixed with gravel and sand, the ground is not black but yellow. Much rhinoceros-bush and no stones. Diep River comes from Riebeeck’s Casteel, and runs west and south west, thereafter south [annotated on p. 39:] The Sout River also receives the Swartland water and enters it at a certain Louw’s. The Mosselbank River comes mostly from the Paardeberg side, running into this Diep River, which was not then running, between Gouws and Louw. When it is full the Diep River runs, when it is so full that it breaks into the sea, through the great salt pan at Jan Biesjes Kraal at Paarden Eiland; otherwise it runs into the Salt River at the Gallows.