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Image from page 46 of “Travels and adventures in southern Africa” (1827)
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Title: Travels and adventures in southern Africa
Year: 1827 (1820s)
Authors: Thompson, George
Publisher: [London H. Colburn]
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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s, in consequence of the great increase of the coasting- c 2 12 PORT ELIZABETH. trade, risen rapidly to importance. Though very irregularly built, thevillage now contains two respectable inns, and many neat and substantialprivate houses and stores ; and the number of inhabitants is estimated atabout 500 of all conditions, the majority of whom are English.* • In January 1826, Port Elizabeth was still increasing, though not so rapidly as duringthe first three years after the arrival of the settlers. A clergyman of the Church of Englandhad been stationed there, and an English Church was in progress. A place of worship, Avhichis also to be used for holding a Sunday school for the Hottentot and other coloured inhabitants,was erecting by subscription, under the superintendence of the Bethelsdorp Missionaries.And while this sheet is passing through the press, I observe with satisfaction that theprivileges of n regular port have also been conferred on this place. VILLAGE OF BETHELSDOT??. 13
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CHAPTER II. BETHELSDORP.—UITENHAGE.—QUAGGA-FLAT. FATAL ADVENTUIIE OF THE BOOH MABE. — THEOPOLIS. — BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. — KOWIEMOUTH.— THORNHILL LOCATION. — EXCURSION TO THE MOUTH OFTHE GREAT FISH RIVER.—VILLAGE OF BATHURST. May 8.—I left Algoa Bay in the afternoon, and in little more than anhour reached the Hottentot village of Bethelsdorp, about nine miles distant.Though my stay was too short to enable me to examine the place with anyminuteness, yet I was agreeably surprised by the striking improvement that 14 uitexhage, its temperature, son-, &c. had taken place in its external appearance since my former visit about threeyears before. The arrival of the settlers I found liad been of very consi-derable advantage to the Hottentots of this institution, Ijy the increase ofthe frontier trade furnishing them with profitable employment, especiallyin the conveyance of goods between the Bay and Giahani s Town. Fromforty to fifty waggons belonging to the people of Bethels
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