A later representative was Sir George Grey
(MP from 1853-74), who was three times Home Secretary and a member of one of the great political families.
The Grey Collection was a gift to the National Library (formerly the South African Library) in Cape Town from Sir George Grey, governor of the Cape from 1854 to 1861, who left his collection of 5,000 books to the Library when he was transferred to New Zealand.
Sir George Grey bought the Cape Town manuscripts from Santa Cecilia in 1859 or 1860 from Bernard Quaritch in London as part of a group of manuscripts that had originally been offered at a sale at Messrs Sotheby & Wilkinson, London.
It was the idea of Sir George Grey
, the governor of Cape Colony who favoured a policy of integration, civilisation and religious conversion of the local tribes people, rather than military suppression and control.
In 1837 Sir George Grey
, a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes (British Settlements), requested of the King of England 'that measures be taken to secure to the natives of the several Colonies the due observance of justice, and protection of their rights' (Great Britain, Parliament 1837).
Sir George Grey, who is mockingly referred to as "The Man Who Named Ten Rivers" in Mda's novel, was the Governor of the Cape from 1854 to 1861.
To this list of titled men could be added the names of King Leopold II of Belgium, Sir Harry Smith and Sir George Grey.
The island became famous as the home of New Zealand Governor and statesman Sir George Grey
Other notable items in the sale include a half-length portrait of Captain the Hon Sir George Grey
, KCB, by Romney, and a pencil and chalk sketch of Sir Thomas Lawrence of George, 6th Duke of Argyll, which are expected to sell for up to pounds 30,000 each.