The Bible

The Bible (HM16JG)

Location: Grahamstown, EC 6139 Western District
Country: South Africa
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S 33° 17.9', E 26° 29.883'

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In this vicinity - at that time an outspan - in April 1837, Thomas Philipps, J. P. on behalf of the British Settlers of 1820 presented a bible to a party of Voortrekkers led by Jacobus Uys encamped here on their way to the North.

The bible was taken out to the encampment by a deputation of gentlemen accompanied by about 100 of the inhabitants of Grahamstown who were received with much respect by the assembled farmers and their families in front of their wagons. William Rowland Thompson thereupon said: "My good friends, the inhabitants of Grahamstown and its vicinity, hearing of your arrival in the district with the intention of quitting for ever the land of your birth, have entered into a public subscription to purchase this bible and I am deputed with the gentlemen who accompany me now to present it to you. We offer it to you as a proof of our regard and with expressions of sorrow that you are now going so far from us. We trust that although widely separated, you will hold us in rememberance and that we will all retain for each other the warmest sentiments of friendship."

HM NumberHM16JG
Year Placed1962
Placed ByState President CR Swart
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)35H E 453268 N 6315526
Decimal Degrees-33.29833333, 26.49805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesS 33° 17.9', E 26° 29.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 17' 54.00" S, 26° 29' 52.98" E
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7 Strowan Rd, Grahamstown EC 6139, ZA
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