Important 1820 Settler documents up for Auction

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Thursday, 7th November 2013
Dear Librarian or Archivist, This is an advance notice of items to be sold. We believe that you may have a special interest in knowing about this particular collection. The items concerned are original letters and documents from Thomas Pringle and John Fairbairn to their friend Benjamin Moodie in Swellendam. The letters concerned date from 1815 to 1826. What we offer are the original copies,  written by hand, and in most cases folded, addressed, and posted. In some cases wax seals and date stamps are still extant. The main collection comprises one letter written by Thomas Pringle and a group of eight letters written by John Fairbairn from the Cape.  The letter from Thomas Pringle was written only weeks before his departure to England. The letters from John Fairbairn cover a wide range of matters concerning the major issues in his life at the time, chiefly of course the friction with Lord Charles Somerset over the publications of which he and Pringle were editors,  and much more. Additionally, there are two letters written by Fairbairn prior to his leaving for South Afica. One of these is dated 1816, a period of his life about which little certain is known, and places him in London. The second letter mentions his plans to leave England and we see that he was considering New South Wales and the West Indies and had thus not yet agreed to Pringle's requests to join him at the Cape. Further, there are notes of his presentation to a Commission of Inquiry in Uitenhage 1823. We have made scans of the items and within the time available we have also transcribed them as far as legibility, our own expertise, and scholarship will allow. Scans and pdf files are available on request. This emailing is once-off. You are not hereby subscribed to any mailing list (your address may already be in our existing Africana catalogue mailing list). If you wish to contact us regarding the items mentioned below you should do so directly. The documents will be offered on the well-known antiquarianauctions.com auction, and the one-week preview starts late this Thursday 7th November. The auction opens for bidding on Thursday 14th November and runs for one week until the following Thursday 21st November. In the event of an overseas bidder securing any item they may be required to provide an export permit in accordance with the provisions of the National Heritage Resources Act. If necessary, Institutions will be provided with an invoice for payment through their normal channels provided that they have requested this facility from us in advance. Regards Ian Balchin Fables Bookshop, Grahamstown, South Africa. Tel/Fax: 046-636-1525 email: aesop@fables.co.za -- Fables Bookshop (Proprietor: Ian Balchin) Est. 1990 119 High Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa. Tel/Fax: Shop  +27-(0)46-636-1525 cell: none Our web site: http://www.fables.co.za/ Email us to subscribe to our email africana catalogue: For secure credit card transmission: http://www.sabda.co.za/fables.htm email: aesop@fables.co.za ici on parle francais Founder member Southern African Book Dealers Association Lat.  33.31126 S (33° 18' 40.5") Long. 26.52428 E (26° 31' 27.4")  Dear Librarian or Archivist, This is an advance notice of items to be sold. We believe that you may have a special interest in knowing about this particular collection. The items concerned are original letters and documents from Thomas Pringle and John Fairbairn to their friend Benjamin Moodie in Swellendam. The letters concerned date from 1815 to 1826. What we offer are the original copies,  written by hand, and in most cases folded, addressed, and posted. In some cases wax seals and date stamps are still extant. The main collection comprises one letter written by Thomas Pringle and a group of eight letters written by John Fairbairn from the Cape.  The letter from Thomas Pringle was written only weeks before his departure to England. The letters from John Fairbairn cover a wide range of matters concerning the major issues in his life at the time, chiefly of course the friction with Lord Charles Somerset over the publications of which he and Pringle were editors,  and much more. Additionally, there are two letters written by Fairbairn prior to his leaving for South Afica. One of these is dated 1816, a period of his life about which little certain is known, and places him in London. The second letter mentions his plans to leave England and we see that he was considering New South Wales and the West Indies and had thus not yet agreed to Pringle's requests to join him at the Cape. Further, there are notes of his presentation to a Commission of Inquiry in Uitenhage 1823.We have made scans of the items and within the time available we have also transcribed them as far as legibility, our own expertise, and scholarship will allow. Scans and pdf files are available on request. The documents will be offered on the well-known antiquarian auctions.com auction, and the one-week preview starts late this Thursday 7th November. The auction opens for bidding on Thursday 14th November and runs for one week until the following Thursday 21st November. In the event of an overseas bidder securing any item they may be required to provide an export permit in accordance with the provisions of the National Heritage Resources Act. If necessary, Institutions will be provided with an invoice for payment through their normal channels provided that they have requested this facility from us in advance.Regards Ian Balchin Fables Bookshop, Grahamstown, South Africa.Tel/Fax: 046-636-1525email: aesop@fables.co.za--Fables Bookshop (Proprietor: Ian Balchin) Est. 1990119 High Street, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa.Tel/Fax: Shop  +27-(0)46-636-1525cell: noneOur web site: http://www.fables.co.za/Email us to subscribe to our email africana catalogue:For secure credit card transmission:http://www.sabda.co.za/fables.htmemail: aesop@fables.co.zaici on parle francaisFounder member Southern African Book Dealers Association Lat.  33.31126 S (33° 18' 40.5") Long. 26.52428 E (26° 31' 27.4") 

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