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Collection Index:BURCHELL, William John, Papers, 1795-1865
Collection Name:BURCHELL, William John, Papers, 1795-1865
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A342 William JohnBURCHELL Papers, 1795-1865 
 Copyright 2006, Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 
 The collection contains the papers of William John Burchell (1781-1865), artist, naturalist and traveller. With the exception of few original manuscripts and notebooks, most items consist of transcriptions made by Mrs H.M. McKay. Originals of these are at the University Museum, Oxford, Sir Edward Poulton. 
 There are 16 boxes of sorted material of research and publications, collected and submitted by H.M. McKay. The material is relating to her extensive study of W.J. Burchell. 
 There is now an informal inventory of these items available, which can be downloaded in PDF format at the bottom of the inventory. 
 1795-1863, transcribed by H.M. McKay 
1.1-1.4 Letters from W.J. Burchell 
 Father, 20.5.1795,Transcript 
 Father & mother, 15.8.1804, Transcript 
 Father, 18.9.1804, Transcript 
 Father, 20.8.1805, Transcript 
 Father, 27.8.1805, Transcript 
 Father, 24.3.1806, Transcript 
 Sister, Caroline, 10.4.1806, Transcript 
 Father, 8.6.1806, Transcript 
 Father, 5.6.1807, Transcript 
 Father, 23.6.1807, Transcript 
 Dr JE Smith, Pres. Linnean Society, 24.8.1807, Transcript 
 Mother, 26.10.1807, Transcript 
 Parents, 29.4.1808, Transcript 
 Parents, 5.5.1808, Transcript 
 Dr Tilesius, Herrn Loehe, Leipzig, 17.10.1808, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Mother, 8.3.1809, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Sister, Caroline, 14.7.1809, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Mother, 16.7.1809, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Caroline, 10.7.1810, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Governor & Council, 17.8.1810, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Governor, Earl of Caledon, 10.12.1810, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Mother, 29.5.1811, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Rev. Hesse, 14.1.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 PH Polemann, 14.1.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Rev Hesse, Strand St., Cape Town, 25.5.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Rev Hesse, Strand St., Cape Town, 6.6.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Messrs Renkin & Scott, 6.6.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Mr Anderson, Klaarwater, 13.6.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Mr Anderson, Klaarwater, 27.7.1812, Photostat of Transcript extract 
 Rev Hesse, 27.7.1812, Transcript + Photocopy 
 Father, 27.7.1812, Transcript + Photocopy 
 Rev Hesse, 11.1.1813, Transcript + Photocopy 
 Henry Alexander, Colonial Secretary, Cape of Good Hope, 5.4.1813, Transcript + Photocopy 
 Rev Hesse, 7.4.1813, Transcript 
 Rev Hesse, 14.4.1813, Transcript 
 Rev Hesse, 10.5.1813, Transcript 
 Capt Andrews, 26.5.1813, Transcript 
 PH Polemann, 17.8.1813, Transcript 
 Rev. Hesse, 21.8.1813, Transcript 
 Lieut Ellert, Fort Louis, 7.9.1813, Transcript 
 JC Bergh or G Glaeser, Uitenhage, 7.9.1813, Transcript 
 Capt Lynch, not sent, 26.9.1813, Transcript 
 Lieut Garr, Lombards role, 1.10.1813, Transcript 
 Ensign J Laycock, Blauw Kranz, 12.10.1813, Transcript 
 A Stockenstrom, Graaff Reinet, 27.11.1813, Transcript 
 Rev Hesse, 2.12.1813, Transcript 
 Bergh, 7.12.1813, Transcript 
 Messrs Rankin and Scott, 15.12.1813, Transcript 
 Col Vicars, Algoa Bay, 6.1.1814, Transcript 
 Capt Andrews, HM Cape Regiment, Zuureveld, 8.1.1814, Transcript 
 Landdrost Fisher, Graaff Reinet, 8.1.1814, Transcript 
 Capt Fraser, Grahams Town, 8.1.1814, Transcript 
 Capt Evatt, 8.1.1814, Transcript 
 J.C. Bergh, 22.2.1814, Transcript 
 AG van Kervel, Landdrost, 20.9.1814, Transcript 
 Mynheer PH Nolemann, 22.9.1814, Transcript 
 Rev Hesse, 22.9.1814, Transcript 
 J.C. Bergh, Uitenhage, 14.10.1814, Transcript 
 Rev. Hesse, 7.1.1815, Transcript 
 J.C. Bergh, Uitenhage, 25.1.1815, Transcript 
 Rev. Hesse, 18.3.1815, Transcript 
 J.C. van der Graaff, Acting Sec. Tulbagh, 11.5.1815, Transcript 
 Lt-Col. Bird, Cape Town, 22.5.1815, Transcript 
 Major Fraser, Grahams Town, 26.5.1815, Transcript 
 Lt. Col. Bird, Cape Town, 29.5.1815, 1.6.1815, Transcript 
 Mr Hawkins, Loop Street, 22.7.1815, Transcript 
 Mr Hawkins, 24.7.1815, Transcript 
 Father, 5.8.1815, photocopy Transcript 
 Lord Charles Henry Somerset, 15.8.1815, Transcript 
 Mr Hawkins, 24.7.1815, Transcript 
 Father, 5.8.1815, photocopy Transcript 
 Lord Charles Henry Somerset, 15.8.1815, Transcript 
 J.C. Bergh, Sec. George, 21.8.1815, Transcript 
 Earl Bathurst, 4.10.1817, 30.9.1817, Transcript 
 Father, 30.1.1818, Transcript 
 Wm Swainson, Elm Grove, near Liverpool, 22.3.1819, Transcript 
 W.J. Hooker, Suffolk, 31.3.1819, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 27.9.1819, Transcript 
 Father, 19.5.1820, Transcript 
 Mr. Turner, 19.2.1822, ALSOriginal 
 RA Salisbury, 7.3.1822, 17.8.1824, Transcript 
 WSwainson, 11.12.1824, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 8.2.1825, ALSOriginal 
 WSwainson, 15.2.1825, Transcript 
 WSwainson, 22.2.1825, Transcript 
 WSwainson, 5.3.1825, Transcript 
 Father, 13.3.1825, Transcript 
 Father, 15.3.1825, Transcript 
 Father,19.5.1825, Transcript 
 RA Salisbury, 14.8.1825, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 31.8.1825, Transcript 
 Father, 6.9.1825, Transcript 
 Father, 25.11.1825, Transcript 
 Father, 7.1.1826, Transcript 
 Miss M Burchell, Fulham, 15.3.1826, Transcript 
 Dr Hooker, Prof of Botany, Glasgow University, 8.7.1826, Transcript 
 Father, 13.7.1826, Transcript 
 Father, 19.8.1826, Transcript 
 Miss M Burchell, 29.8.1826, Transcript 
 RA Salisbury, 5.9.1826, Transcript 
 Father, 29.11.1826, Transcript 
 Miss M Burchell, 13.3.1827, Transcript 
 Father, 12.4.1827, Transcript 
 Mother, 10.6.1827, Transcript 
 Prof. Hooker, Glasgow, 25.4.1828, Transcript 
 Father, 26.4.1828, Transcript 
 R.A. Salisbury (signed M. Burchell), 22.10.1828, Transcript 
 Mother, 15.10.1829, Transcript 
 Mother, 1.12.1827, Transcript 
 Prof Hooker, 18.4.1830, Transcript 
 JS Duncan, Bath, 31.5.1830, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 15.9.1830, Transcript 
 Prof Hooker, 4.10.1830, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 23.10.1830, Transcript 
 Prof Hooker, 1.11.1830, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 1.11.1830, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 11.11.1830, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 24.1.1831, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 28.2.1831, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 21.4.1831, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 25.4.1831, Transcript 
 Sister, Mary, 21.7.1831, Transcript 
 Sister, Mary, 19.6.1832, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 18.9.1832, Transcript 
 Prof. Hooker, 3.9.1832, Transcript 
 Sister, Mary, 13.9.1832, Transcript 
 Mother, 23.10.1832, Transcript 
 Mother, 31.10.1832, Transcript 
 Prof. Hooker, 5.12.1832, Transcript 
 Prof Meissner, Basel, 1.10.1833, Transcript 
 Sister, Mary, 7.12.1833, Transcript 
 Mother, Mary Anne, 14.2.1835, Transcript 
 Prof Hooker, 25.6.1835, Transcript 
 Mary, 27.8.1835, Transcript 
 Jane, 31.8.1837, Photocopy 
 Mary, 17.10.1837, Transcript 
 Mary, 20.11.1837, Transcript 
 Mary, 24.12.1837, Transcript 
 Mary, 13.2.1838, Transcript 
 Mary, 30.5.1838, Transcript 
 Mary, 4.6.1838, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 6.8.1838, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 29.1.1839, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 8.6.1839, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 23.8.1839, Transcript 
 W Swainson, 3.10.1839, Transcript 
 Sister - Sarah, 11.11.1839, Photocopy 
 W Swainson, 30.5.1840, Transcript 
 W Goddard Jackson, 10.8.1841, ALSCopy 
 W Goddard Jackson, 16.9.1841, ALSCopy 
 W Goddard Jackson, 17.4.1843, ALSCopy 
 W Goddard Jackson, 7.8.1843, ALSCopy 
 W Goddard Jackson, 25.3.1844, ALSCopy 
 Dr JW Hooker, 26.8.1845, Transcript 
 Mrs SM Miers, 18.4.1849, Transcript 
 Dawson Turner, 19.3.1850, Transcript 
 Dawson Turner, 25.3.1850, Transcript 
 G Bentham, 3.7.1850, Transcript 
 Sister, Sarah, 8.11.1855, Photocopy 
 Sister, Sarah, 20.10.1856, Photocopy 
 James (nephew), 2.3.1857, Transcript 
 W. Goddard Jackson, 1.11.1861, ALSCopy 
 Mrs. SA Burchell, 10.6.1852, Transcript 
 Miss MCH Sulwain, 9.2.1863, Transcript 
1.5 Letters to Burchell 
 1803 February 7 
 Letter with note addressed to W.J. Burchell by J. Metritz saying: "I enclose you all I can get out of the several Proclamations relative to the boundaries of the districts, which Iam sorry to say is very imperfectly defined by them.", relating to the divisions of the Cape Colony and the Tulbagh district in 1803. 2 items, ALS, original 
 1832 August 8 andAugust 22 
 Two letters by Lord Stuart de Rothesay to W.J.Burchell regarding drawing of Brazil. ALS, original 
 1832 August 10 
 Draft letter of reply by W.J.Burchell to Lord Stuart de Rothesay regarding his Brazilian scetches. ALS, original 
 1862 May 25 
 Letter by Jane Burchell (sister) to W.J. Burchell, Fulham. ALS, original 
1.6 Correspondence related to Burchell 
 1863 April 16 
 Letter by James Burchell to W. Goddard Jackson, his brother-in-law, with envelope. ALS, original 
 1864October 29 
 Letter by Prof J. Phillips to W. Goddard Jackson, with envelope. 2 items, ALS, original 
 1864 October 31 
 Letter by Prof J.O. Westwood to Miss Anna Burchell, with envelope. ALS, original 
 1864 November 23 
 Letter by W. Goddard Jackson to Prof J. Phillips. ALS, original 
 1865 March 27 
 Letter by W. Goddard Jackson to Miss Anna Burchell with Addendum, being a copy of W.J. Burchell's memorandum about his collections and what should happen to them after his death, dated 15 October 1860, which Goddard Jackson had foundin one of Anna Burchell's pocket book, and of which had a copy made and sent to her 
2.1 1807 February 25 
 Poem "Address to Lot Rock in Island of St. Helena", with transcript done by Robin Castell, August 2009. Manuscript, original 
2.2 1810 October 16 
 St Helena Journal, 2pages. Photocopy 
2.3 1811-1815 
 Catalogues Systematicus insectorum, Photocopy 
2.4 1812 May 24 - 1812 September 2 
 Memo book, Handwritten copy by H. McKay, September 1935 
2.5 1812 August 3 - 1812 September 2 
 Journal, Typescript 
2.6 1817 June 
 "Notes sur une nouvelle espce de Rhinoceros" - in Bulletin des Sciences de la SocietePhilomathique de Paris, Photocopy 
2.7 Undated (?) 
 Memoranda Botanica, p.74/75, Photocopy 
2.8 1820 
 "No. 737. The drawing of the inside of the waggon was finished in the following order", Manuscript, original 
2.9 1825 
 Description of Malaconotus atro-coccineus - extract from Zoological Journal,Volume I, pp461-462, 1825, Typescript 
2.10 1832& 1850 
 "A Tour in 1832 Anna Burchell with WJ. Burchell"; "A Tour in France and Belgium with Mary Burchell in 1850 with W.J.Burchell", Manuscript, original 
2.11 1837 November 1 
 Remarks written at Dresden (originally in Leipzig), from Sammlung Roemer, Photocopy 
2.12 1844 August 29 - 1852 June 16 
 Register of thermometer, wind v weather, Fulham, Photocopy 
2.13 1863 January 1-1863 March 21 
 Journal, with last entry on the 21 March, 2 days before he died on 23 March 1863, Manuscript, original 
2.14 Undated (?) 
 Annotations in WJBS own copy of Travels which is in Hope Department of Oxford Museum, Handwritten copy by H. McKay 
 Received by H.M. McKay from Mr N. Goddard, Stanford Lines, England, June 1945 
3.1 1834 - 1863 
 Sums received, Rents and dividends, Manuscript, original, lightblue cover 
3.2 Various dates 
 Loose notes about stocks bought and taxes of tenants in churchfield properties, receipts, Manuscript,original,white cover 
3.3 1857 - 1863 
 Paid bank notes, Manuscript, original, brown cover 
3.4 1856 - 1863 
 Received bank notes, Manuscript, original, brown cover 
3.5 1861 January 5 - 1863 March19 
 Account book, with merchants bills,receipts, list of rates and taxes, Manuscript, original, darkblue cover 
3.6 1815 November 10 - 1861 January 28  
 Record of expenditure, Hardcover accounts book, original, leather 
 Received by H.M. McKay from Mr N. Goddard, Stanford Lines, England, June 1945 
4.1 Notebook of W.J.Burchell, on administration of estates of Matthew Burchell (father), Jane Burchell (mother), 
 Charles Burchell (brother), Bound, original, green leather 
4.2 Notebook of W.Goddard Jackson, W.J. Burchell's brother-in-law, on W.J.Burchell's estate 
 Bound, original, blue leather 
4.3 Copy made in 1841of the Will of Matthew Burchell (father),proved 1830 June 2 
4.4 Copy made in 1841of the Will of Jane Burchell (mother), proved 1841March 31 
4.5 Copy made of the Will of Anna Burchell (sister), died 1865 October 2, proved 1865 November 10 
 Letter by Park Nelson & Co. relating to the above wills 
4.6 Burchell Family tree, presented by A. Collett, 20 Marie Crescent, Lesmurdie, Western Australia 
 The photographs and postcards have been submitted by H.M. McKay and are part of her Burchell studies, including photograph albums, loose photographs and glass slides. 
 Photographs of Pretoria, Botanical Gardens in Durban (?), Middleburg 
 Folio item: Panaromic view with aloes 
 Postcards: St. Helena, Orange River, Riversdale, Series on Mammals (Natal Museum) 
 Glass slides in wooden box: 
 1. Young Burchell 
 2. Map of the Cape Colony 
 3. Map of Southern Africa by Burchell 
 4. Cape Town in 1811 
 5. Wild chestnut at Constantia 
 6. Brandvlei 
 7. Rev. Anderson 
 8-15. Plants, birds, animals, reptiles 
 16. Reception by Mattivi 
 17. Map - location unclear 
 18. Mokala grove 
 19. Chue (?) 
 20. Natives hunting 
 21-3. Animals 
 24. Photo of W.J. Burchell 
 25. Crossing Gariep (Zak drift) 
 26-7. Catalogue of insects (?) 
 28. Snake 
 29. Plettenberg Bay 
 30-2. Plants 
 33-4. Interior of wagon 
 35. W.J. Burchell 
 36-50. Maps, mostly of the Cape (W and E) 
 51-54. Maps - these four slides are broken or cracked. 
5a Mahutu, pencil sketch, 31 July 1912 
 Stored in Media room with photographs.