1792E. Rioutr. ofJ. Van Reenen’s Jrnl of Journey from Cape of G.H.p.xiiThroughout the journal the word hour is to be considered as distance, and not time. Travellers at the Cape of Good Hope reckon distance by hours: one hour being supposed equal to about a league.
1801W. SomervilleNarr. of E. Cape Frontier (1979) 64From Commando fonteyn we proceeded to a place near the banks of the Sack River distance 9 Hours.
1809R. Collins inG.M. ThealRec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 136The distance should be laid down by miles, to put an end to the absurd practice of measuring by hours.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 29They have perhaps to ride a distance of fifty or sixty hours, and the same distance back on bringing an offender to justice.
a1875T. BainesJrnl of Res. (1964) II. 85Informed them that it was customary to obtain a passport from the Field-Cornet, who lived three hours on horseback — eighteen miles — distant.
1886W.H. MiddletonMap of OFS (Bloemfontein Cathedral Archives) (legend)This map of the Orange Free State Republic..is based on one I published in 1880, and [I] have kept the mode of reckoning by hours, (not miles) as it is the custom of the country to which it relates.
1893Brown’s S. Afr. 15The reply to inquiries regarding distance will invariably be so many ‘hours’, the Dutchman having no knowledge of miles and measuring all distances by the time it will take him to ride them. The hour may be reckoned as a little more than 6 miles.
1916J.M. OrpenReminisc. (1964) 302This [land] included a piece which I was required to lay out in the form of a square, of which each side was to be an ‘hour on horseback’ in length, around Makawaanstad, with that kraal as centre.
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