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Cape of Good Hope Council of Policy - 1721 Cape of Good Hope debenture, signed by 4 future COGH Governors, with intact VOC wax seal and 1714 revenue stamp.

Cape of Good Hope Council of Policy - 1721 Cape of Good Hope debenture, signed by 4 future COGH Governors, with intact VOC wax seal and 1714 revenue stamp.
1721 Cape of Good Hope debenture, signed by 4 future COGH Governors, with intact VOC wax seal and 1714 revenue stamp. - Cape of Good Hope Council of Policy
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Title : 1721 Cape of Good Hope debenture, signed by 4 future COGH Governors, with intact VOC wax seal and 1714 revenue stamp..
Map maker : Cape of Good Hope Council of Policy.
Date : Cape of Good Hope, 1721.
Size : 12.6 x 7.9 inches. / 32.0 x 20.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured

Description :This is a fascinating two-page document that needs further research. Written in very readable Dutch, a limited translation reveals that it seems that Jan Spoor (who is “well-known”, line 4) is found guilty of owing the sum of 4,000 guldens for a house and “erve” (land parcels) in the Table Valley, acquired from Anthony Hoesemans (who was a brandy and wine dealer in the Cape). However, it seems that he is now to pay 9,000 in two payments, of which the first, 2,000 must be paid within one year. The remainder looks like it had to be paid in full within 2 years? The text continues on the back, which looks like mainly legal terms.

Dated August 4, 1721, and signed by Spoor, and by four witnesses, three who would become future governors of the Cape (then senior members of the VOC Council of Policy) - Hendrik Swellengrebel, Jan de la Fontaine, and Adriaan Kervel. (Hendrik Swellengrebel was the first and only Dutch East India Company governor of the Cape Colony (1739 to 1751) who was born in the Cape.)

It seems that the debt was paid, because on the front cover in the left hand side margin, in a different hand on May 11, 1724, the document is cancelled by the fiscal and has an addendum (codicil), signed by none other than Ryk Tulbagh, who became Governor in 1751. The document has a very clear 24 stuiver colourless VOC 1714 revenue stamp, cancelled by Swellengrebel in a strong signature on the top, also making a beautiful heading for the document. The revenue stamp is embossed in circular format with the Company's VOC seal in the centre, above which there is a "C" to indicate their use at the Cape. (At the top of the seals a date can usually be found,of which the earliest is 1711, but this version is 1714.)
And finally, on page 2, there is an excellent condition "CDG Hoop" red wax seal featuring a Dutch VOC ship in full sail. (The inscription at the bottom of the seal stands for "Cabo De Goede Hoop" - the Dutch for Cape of Good Hope.)
The main document has a beautiful Amsterdam watermark, and page two has IWM in capital letters as countermark. This shows that the paper used in the Cape was still imported from Amsterdam. Overall a fantastic example.



The Sherwood Catalogue of South African Revenues 1980 for revenue stamp values.
Condition : Marginal fraying and traces of old folds. No waterstains or ink blotches. Strong signatures. Wax seal has no cracks. Top page has left corner missing, and has some marginal chips not affecting the readability of the document. Page 2 has mainly chips on left margin, and some dampstaining from Page one's text.


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