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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

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Markham, Plasket, Rivers & Steyn.

ALS to Benjamin Moodie dd. 11th July 1827.

Published: Colonial Office, Cape Town, 11th July 1827

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Writer (Markham) was probably secretary to Sir Richard Bourke at this time. This, on the one sheet, includes a covering letter by Markham, a fair copy of a report by Rivers & Steyn and a fair copy of the covering letter to same by Plasket. This all concerns a parcel of land adjacent to the Breede river for which Benjamin Moodie had requested confirmation of a grant to have been made to him by Sir Rufane Donkin. The report came after the land was surveyed by the Landrost and Heemraden of Swellendam. They approved the transfer with some amendments and including some restrictions on use. 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 Cape 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.

1 sheet folded once written 4 sides. paper watermarked J.R. Fussell 1825 with Britannia device.

Mildly tanned and marked not affecting legibility, else VG condition, no tears or loss.

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Our Ref: #26821

  • Overall Condition: Very Good.
  • Size: 320mm x 205mm
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