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Introduction to the Resolutions
of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope


Resolutions of the Council of Policy

Example of a Council meeting

The short minutes below contain numbers in brackets, which are explained in the following discussion:

Reference code: C. 125, pp. 80-83. (1)

Thursday the 16: March 1747. (2)

This morning all were present. (3)

(4a) A certain statement by the constable of this Castle was read. It had to do with an amount of eight thousand pounds of gunpowder that was kept in the Company’s cellars, but due to the long time it was stored the sulphur and salpetre gradually poured out but would still be suitable to be re-used and again be ground. (4a)(4b) From the proposal by the honourable Governor it was understood that the said gunpowder as had been mentioned by parties, would be sent to Batavia. (4b) (4a) The above-mentioned statement reads as follows:

I, the undersigned Willem Willemsz: constable of this Castle, declare that in the Company’s gunpowder cellars eight thousand pounds of gunpowder were found, but due to the long time it [the gunpowder] was stored the sulphur and saltpetre gradually poured out but are still suitable to be re-used and again be ground. (:below:) In the Castle of Good Hope the 16 March 1747 . (:was signed:) Willem Willemse. (4a)

(5) Furthermore, it was thought proper that the sentences of the bandits who were annually sent here from Batavia and Ceylon which had rested with the Secretariat of Policy when they were brought here, would in future rest with the Secretariat of Justice of this Government since this [department] has the best appropriateness to take care of them.
Since the first mate of the present ship The Hope died during the journey, the second in charge Jan van den Berg, was appointed in his position; in his [Jan van den Berg’s] place the third in charge, Jan Gerrard Meijer, was appointed and in his position as third in charge on the keel was promoted the soldier Johan Leonard Mitski. Although all of them were regarded as being competent, the approbation of authority of the high Indian Government will have to be requested in order to approve the increase in salary of these individuals who had been promoted. (5)

(6a) Thus resolved and decided in the Castle of Good Hope , on the aforementioned day and year (6a)

(6b) H:k Swellengrebel
R Tulbagh
P: Reede van Oudshoorn
I: Meinertzhagen
R S Allemann
N:s Heijning
C Brand
Corn.s Eelders
J:s degrandpreez R:t en Secret:s
J:s Moller (6b)

 

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