Journals

Third Journey (MS 107/2)

31st December 1778


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[31st December 1778]
31

[in margin:] son ging onder in’t W:Z:W:
barometer aan Soetwater fontein 27 ­ 4.
Schoon weer fris west: term 65 ­ 82 ­ 71. S’nags om 12: 62 gr. ten n n w by de pramberg een ½ myl

cours tot Soetwater fontein W t Z 3 gr W 3½ myl:
eerst een draay door het z:w: langs downoes riv: om de hantams berg
punt van ḱevete of roep niet berg ook 3½ myl o: t: z: 4 gr z.
hadden eerst veel vlakte daar na ruggig by de pramberg. waar na sterk afdaalden alles het vorige bosjes veld weinig klippen goede weg.

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[31st December 1778]
31

Sun went down in the west south-west.
Barometer at Soetwaterfontein 27 inches ­ 4 tenths.
Fine weather. Fresh west. wind. Thermometer: 65 degrees to 82 degrees to 71 degrees; at night at 12 o’clock: 62 degrees. In the north northwest, the Pramberg, ½ mile.

Route to Soetwaterfontein, west by south, 3 degrees west, 3½ miles; first a turn to the south west along the Douwnes River, around the Hantamsberg; at the tip of the Kevete or Roep Niet Mountain, also 3½ miles east. by wouth 4 degrees south.
At first we had many plains but thereafter, from the Pramsberg, ridges after which it went steeply downhill. Everywhere the same brush country with few stones;­ a good road.