Eastern Province Herald 1849 - 2 - April to June
Saturday 7 April 1849
MARRIED on Monday 2nd April by the Rev. F. McCleland AB, Colonial Chaplain, Thomas Charles, youngest son of the late Thomas William HINDS Esq to Emma, youngest daughter of Charles COOPER Esq
To the Editor:
Sir, Though I might have deemed the letter of Mr. GEARD, which appeared in you last paper, (or at least that part of it which referred to me) as not of sufficient importance as to require any reply – yet as it is likely that some of your readers may not have seen the paper in which my first letter appeared, I would make a few observations on the remarks which he has thought proper to make on what he designates my “plausible but miserable scheme”.
In what does this scheme consist? Why, that the New Room now being erected should be devoted (as originally intended) to the Books and Periodicals, and that the Newspapers should be deposited in the large room, by which considerable expense would be saved, the inconvenience attending either open doors or sliding cases avoided, and the members secured against any interruption; the latter I deem to be of most importance. To say nothing of Balls and Concerts, it should be remembered that we have already had some Courses of Public Lectures delivered in the Town, and I hope that others will follow. If Mr. GEARD meant to ridicule the attempt to provide for such I should have about as high an opinion of his judgement as I have of the delicacy and good taste evinced in his allusions to it. Now let us imagine a course of ten lectures announced, one to be delivered weekly, and then we shall be able to estimate the interruption which would be thereby caused to the Library if his plan were adopted.
But this miserable scheme (imputed to me) is not mine, it emanated from the Committee; Mr GEARD himself, at the time, approving and being a party to that which he would now overturn. But perhaps he will say that something else is superadded, to which he was not a party – A Commercial Association is to be formed, the members of which will be renters and partial users of the large room. What then? We ought not to object to this, we ought to have anticipated that this or something similar was likely to happen. It could not be supposed that it would be kept for our exclusive use, and paying no rent for it. But the principal question is How are we likely to be affected by this new association? The expressions of Mr. GEARD are very curious on this subject. He says “I have not the meanness to read the poor man’s newspaper for nothing nor to go cap-in-hand to read newspapers in a room hired and ruled by a committee having class objects.” Passing by the expression Poor Man’s Newspaper, which I confess I do not understand as applied to the Subscribers to the Library, and equally unable to comprehend how the payment of a Rent of say £30 could be supposed to give the Commercial body an exclusive right to the room – I take the meaning of the above quotation to be generally as follows:- “That as a prosperous commercial man he could not have the meanness to read the papers belonging to the Subscribers to the Library for nothing, nor could he in the latter capacity submit to the servility, which the consciousness of favours received from the former would require”. Here is a mutual obligation distinctly recognised in the two members of the sentence; the natural consequence of which must be to destroy the inference in both cases, and as connected with the Library alone, I can only say that my hat would remain very easily on my head in every case where courtesy under other circumstances would not have raised it.
There is one inconsistence into which I think Mr. GEARD has been betrayed. At one time he tells us that he could not see how at any time there could be any affinity between a Chamber of Commerce and a Reading Book Society (or uses expressions very similar) and yet his scheme would go to establish a much more extensive union of interests between the two than mine. This I think undesirable. What have I and many other subscribers to the library to do with the Commercial Association and why should the members of the latter be necessarily subscribers to the former?
There is something plausible in the remark that the books would require to be locked up in whichever room they may be placed when the Librarian was not present. This would show that it would be desirable to have a separate attendant whichever may be adopted, but it does not shew that the books if kept in the small room would require lock up cases, as the same object would be effected by simply turning the key of the entrance door.
It is not my intention again to trespass on your columns – the two arrangements are fairly before the public, and in conclusion I will only say that I am not so tenacious of my opinion as to be induced to attempt establishing anything which would be prejudicial to the interests of the Library, in the event of the scheme which I advocate not being adopted.
I remain &c
By the Rev F. McCleland AB (Trinity College Dublin) Colonial Chaplain
A son of W. Thomas PRATT, baptized Henry
A daughter of Captain George Chapman WATTS, baptized Catherine Anne
A daughter of Mr. John EAGAR, baptized Mary Ann
Saturday 14 April 1849
BIRTH at Bloem Fontein on the morning of the 30th March ult, Mrs. J.S. COLLEY of a daughter.
Saturday 28 April 1849
On the 9th April by the Rev F. McCleland AB (Trinity College Dublin) Colonial Chaplain
Mr George Daniel DIESEL to Miss Maria Christina POTGIETER
On the 22nd April by the same
A son of Mr. John KEATES baptized John Henry
At Port Elizabeth on Monday 23rd instant by the Rev. A. Robson
A son of Mr. R.J. PHILIP baptized Durant Fairbairn
Edward WOOD, late of barque Mercury, drowned on the 15th April, aged 21 years
John PARKS, late of British Settler, died on the 24th April, aged 26 years
Hester Magdalene REED, aged 25 days
Saturday 5 May 1849
DIED at his residence in Uitenhage in the 56th year of his age, on Sunday evening the 29th April 1849, after a long and most painful sickness, Mr. Johan Adam RENS Sen. His loss is deeply deplored by all relatives and friends.
Richard HORTON, 2 years
Saturday 12 May 1849
The undersigned having closed their business at Port Elizabeth requests that all claims due against them may be sent in for immediate adjustment; and all persons indebted to them are requested to liquidate their accounts forthwith at their office, adjoining Mr. A. TENNANT’s store, Market Square.
HART & CANSTATT
Port Elizabeth May 11th 1849
From Jetty Street to the stores lately occupied by Messrs. HART & CANSTATT in the High Street
Saturday 19 May 1849
Messrs. NORDEN & MARILLIER of Somerset return thanks for the patronage they have experienced from the inhabitants of the District of Somerset, and beg to inform the farmers and others that they continue to purchase Wool and other produce, giving the highest market prices, and that they keep at their stores an extensive and varied stock of goods, of the best description, for sale at very reasonable prices, and hope for a continuance of their kind support,
Somerset 5th May 1849
Saturday 26 May 1849
HYMAN & BILLINGHAM
Auctioneers and General Agents
Buy and sell merchandise and produce on commission; receive, store and forward goods; effect transfers, collect debts &c &c
Office in Main Street, opposite the church
On the 24th May by the Rev. F. McCleland, Mr. Wm. FRIEND to Miss Elizabeth Maria SELKIRK
Ann HORTON, aged 2 years and 7 months
Mary Ann EAGAR, aged 5 months
Saturday 2 June 1849
It having been unanimously carried by the Public Meeting held here on the 19th instant, that it would “support any justifiable measures adopted by the inhabitants of the Capital” to prevent the debarkation of the Convicted Felons &c. And it being now known that among these measures the raising of Funds is undertaken to indemnify His Excellency, if necessary, for any surcharge which might be made on him by Her Majesty’s Government for expenses incurred by His Excellency in preventing the debarkation of the expected Convicts, We the Undersigned hereby pledge ourselves to the amounts opposite our names.
Port Elizabeth May 30th 1849
J.O. SMITH £25
William SMITH £25
W. FLEMING £25
C. ANDREWS £25
E. HEUGH £25
H.J. DUNELL £25
Joseph SMITH £25
J.W. KEMP £10
B. DIETZ £20
Sampson MIDDLETON £10
H. VON RONN £10
Henry N. CHASE £10
Daniel PHILLIPS £10
Joseph SIMPSON £10
Alfred JARVIS £10
H. RUTHERFOORD £10
James CRAWFORD £10
J.S.REED & Co £10
KAY, HESS & Co £10
John CROOKS £10
Edw. SLATER £5
J.H. CLARK £5
Chas. GEARD £5
G. GRIFFITH £5
PRETYMAN & PHILLIPS £10
James HALL £10
John LESLIE £1
Alex. TENNANT £5
S. CAWOOD £5
J. WASLEY £5
A. ROBSON £5
Jas. CHALMERS £10
W.H. COLEMAN £5
Thos. GUBB £5
W. PATTINSON £5
Thos. GALLEY £5
G. GRUBER £5
Richard JONES £5
William ADCOCK £5
Christopher ADCOCK £5
Francis HEUGHES £5
John R. PHILIP £1
John PATERSON £5
Thos. BRUTON £5
H. STAINES £10
John LACEY £1
W.M. HARRIES £5
G. CHABAUD £10
J. JENNINGS £5
Saturday 9 June 1849
Begs to inform his friends and the public that he has taken the House lately in the occupation of Mr. URE, which he intends to open as a Hotel in the beginning of next month. Parties visiting this hotel will find it replete with every comfort. The utmost care will be used in the selection of a choice assortment of wines and spirits. In the meantime a few Boarders can be accommodated. Good stabling and forage for horses. Saddle horses either for sale or hire.
NB There will be no canteen attached to the premises.
Saturday 16 June 1849
I.P. HIPPERT & Co
Having taken the premises lately occupied by Mr. N. HIPPERT, intend to commence business as General Dealers. As they will have constantly on hand a well selected stock of merchandise and goods of every description, at the lowest possible price, they trust that by attention to the wants of their customers they will merit a share of public patronage.
Leather of every description for sale.
NB The highest prices will be given for wool and every description of market produce.
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in General Merchandise; General and Mercantile Agents; Sworn Appraisers and Auctioneers at No. 2 Caledon Street, Graaff-Reinet and No.30 Loop Street, Richmond.
June 10 – Arthur Lilly Rutning RING, aged 11
Saturday 23 June 1849
MARRIED by Special Licence on Tuesday the 12th instant at the Cathedral by Lord Bishop of Cape Town, the Rev. P.W. COPEMAN MA, Colonial Chaplain of Uitenhage, to Engela Maria, daughter of the late J.W. VAN DER RIET Esq, Civil Commissioner of Uitenhage.
Saturday 30 June 1849
ANTI CONVICT ASSOCIATION
We the Undersigned Colonists and Inhabitants of the Cape of Good Hope hereby solemnly declare and pledge our faith to each other, that we will not employ, or knowingly admit into our Establishment or Houses, work with, or for, or associate with any Convicted Felon or Felons sent to this Colony under sentence of Transportation, and that we will discountenance and drop connection with any person who may assist in landing, supporting or employing such convicted felons.
...signatures sent to the Hon’ble J. B, EBDEN, Chairman of the Anti Convict Association
(Published in the Telegraph 28th June)
Jno. R. PHILIP
Geo. E. WHILEY
Jno. E. NUDD
*Omitted in the Telegraph
MARRIED on Monday the 25th instant by the Rev. F. McCleland AB, Colonial Chaplain, Antonio Jacobus, fourth son of Peter HEUGH Esq to Maria, second daughter of Captain Wm. LLOYD RN, Civil Commissioner of Port Elizabeth
June 26th 1849
BAPTIZED by Rev. A. Robson June 19
A daughter of J.C. LACEY named Helen Maria
A son of R. TEE Sen named James John Potter