|Sebastiaan Rothman 1
born circa 1753, Cologne 2
died 1 December 1803, at the Cape 3
will dated 26 November 1803
and filed 16 December 1803 4
| He arrived at the Cape in 1774 on the ship 'De Vrijheid' as a soldier in|
the employ of the Dutch East India Company. By profession he was
a tailor and on 7th December 1779 he requested his burgher papers.
In 1786 he bought a plot of ground in Swellendam for 1000 rixdalers
since he intended to settle there.
In 1791 he made a bad speculation, paying 19000 guldens for one
year's monopoly of the Cape wine trade, but made a loss and was still
owing 15000 guldens i n 1795 when a consortium took over his debts.
In 1792, in a request to the Council of Policy, he quotes figures very
different (90,000 guldens) and attributes his losses largely to smuggling
by private wine traders and asks for the Company to put an end to
(source: H.C.V.Leibbrandt, Requesten. published 1905 and 1989,
pages 978, 992, 1496, 1546)