request, noun

Forms:
Also rekwest.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch request application (the modern form being rekwest).
obs.
1. An application for a grant of land; the certificate serving as a title deed to land granted on ‘request’.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 157A boor, upon discovering water on a sufficient quantity of unoccupied land, forwards, through the secretary of his district, what he terms a ‘request’ for a place, — that is, a memorial, asking for a grant of 6000 acres.
1913 [see sense 2].
2. In the phrases request farm, request place [translation of Dutch requestplaats ‘application farm’, see place noun1] a grant of land (not exceeding 3000 morgen) for which any qualified burgher was allowed to make application.
Note:
Request farms were granted under Dutch rule at the Cape and later in the Orange Free State and South African Republic.
1827 Reports of Commissioners upon Finances at Cape of G.H. I. 43The pursuits of the people to whom the occupation of tracts under the name of ‘request places’, has been granted by the magistrate of the district..consist altogether of grazing sheep and cattle.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 398Request Farm, In the early days in the Orange Free State and South African Republic, farms not exceeding 3000 morgen were granted to applicants who signed their names in the Field Cornet’s Register and undertook to remain permanently in the country. The application or ‘rekwest’ being registered the applicant could choose a vacant site, and at the next meeting of the Land Commission the grant would be confirmed. Farms granted thus were known as Request Farms.
An application for a grant of land; the certificate serving as a title deed to land granted on ‘request’.
a grant of land (not exceeding 3000 morgen) for which any qualified burgher was allowed to make application.

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