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21 Nov 2019 16:30 GMT

Benjamin Moodie.

ALS. DOCUMENT DISCUSSING PROSPECTS FOR A PROPOSED 'COLONY OF NATAL'.

Published: c.1834

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In 1834, a petition from Cape Town merchants asking for the creation of a British colony at Natal was met by the statement that the Cape finances would not permit the establishment of a new dependency. This document could be a draft of a letter or a speech intended to put the case for the colonisation of Natal. Moodie argues extensively that the new colony should in no way present any significant expense to the Cape Colony nor would any significant military presence be needed.

Benjamin Moodie was a settler in the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope in 1817. He was effectively the 10th and last Laird of Melsetter and emigrated to the Colony to seek his fortunes afresh following the insolvency of the estate inherited from his father the 9th Laird. He was an active citizen, farmer, and businessman of the time, eventually obtaining a seat in the Legislative Assembly of the Colony.

Undated. 3 sheets folded to 325mm x 202mm, written to 11 sides.

Excellent condition, no tears or loss or stains. age-tanned as may be expected. Remnants of original silk tie present.

A transcription is available on request.

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  • Overall Condition: Very Good condition.
  • Size: 325mm x 202mm
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  • Country: South Africa
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