Journals

Third Journey (MS 107/2)

2nd January 1779


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[2nd January 1779]
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peiling aan groen rivier in het bokkeveld barom: 27 ­ 7.
by het begin van dit velt begint de grond schoon de basis klei. sanderig te worden de vlakke klippen by de plaats bros sanderig en enige kwarts keitjes.

90 0
brete 81 32
8 28
z: dec 22 56
31 24

[in margine:] weder hier enige kleine mierhopen.
peiling van de plaats van adriaan van zyl aan hantams z punt o:t:z: geeft onse cours tot hier w:t n. 7 myl. de plaats daar wy gisteren van zyn gekomen o z o geeft w:n:w:
schoon weer. z de koel lugje term: 65 ­ 82 ­ 70.

vertrokken na den middag na de plaats van Juffr ryk: die ik peilde in het n t w 2 g n:
rietfontein berg in het n ½ w een myl
noorder hoek van hantams berg in het oost ½ n: de toorn in ‘t oost 3 gr n.

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westewind na de middag.
de drooge somer agtermiddag. wind in dese streek west somtyds sterk sandig boven op. van Groenrivier na mostert. 3½ uur rydens met ossen. peilde adriaan van Zyl in het o:z:o: Juffer ryk n:w: ½ n: roep niet berg z:o: t o: 3 gr z.
koebieskow berg daar capt Schonevelt (ďoeroep)
‘taan eiquaas of grasveld volk leggen n:o: t n 3 gr O: 5½ myl kaptein klaas (cannoep) is heer van konatoe of sogenaamde chinesen volk capt: vredevelt (groińam) Ćommaghaqua hartebeestrivier volk.

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[2nd January 1779]
2

Bearings from Groenrvier in the Bokke Veld.
Barometer 27inches ­ 7 tenths. At the beginning of this region the soil is sandy, though it has a clay base. The flat stones at the farm sandy and crumbly with some small quartz pebbles. Some small ant-hills again here.

90 0
Latitude 81 32
8 28
S: Declination 22 56
31 24

Error: 19 deg.; north west

Bearings from the farm of Adriaan van Zyl: to the southpoint of the Hantam, east by south which makes our route to here 7 miles north by west. The farm where we came from yesterday, east south-east gives west north-wes.t Fine weather.
Cool southerly breeze. Thermometer 65 degrees to 82 degrees to 70 degrees

Left in the afternoon for the farm of Mrs. Ryk, which I plotted north by west, 2 degrees north. Rietfonteinberg in the north half west, 1 mile; the northernmost tip of the Hantamsberg is at east half-north. The ‘tower’ at east 3 degrees north.

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West wind in the after noon. The dry summer afternoon wind in these parts is westerly and sometimes strong. It is sandy on the heights. From Groen River to Mostert’s, ­ 3½ hour’s journey with oxen. Took bearings: Adriaan van Zyl in the east south east; Mrs. Ryk, north west half north; Roep Niet mountain, south east to east. 3 degrees south; Koebieskouwberg where chief Schoneveld (or Doeroep) lives with his Eiquaas or grassveld peoples is north east to north, 3 degrees east, 5½ miles. Chief Klaas (or Cannoep) is lord of the Konatoe or so called Chinese people. Chief Vredevelt (or Groinam) is of the Cammaga or Hartebeestrivier people