Page 3, 6th November 1959

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE : family letters, 1841-1856. edited by 1. Schapera ((hatto and Windus. 2 vols., 60s.).

ONE hundred" and fifteen letters from the first African period of the great missionary and explorer. from his first going to the " perishing Bechuanas " to his famous transcontinental journey along the Zambezi. They show a careful and unhurried observer. a man of iron constitution, gentle to the natives. critical of his colleagues. a team in himself, grudgingly more fond of the Portuguese he encountered than of "Boers and Boeresses ".

There are many enlivening touches. The party of big-game hunters, "all men of the world. and would travel on Sundays if we were not with them "; the donkeys who are immune from the tsetse fly and become as "frisks as kittens ": the bishop in Angola who gives him a hug instead of hostility, "a benevolent and kindhearted celibate in crimson silk gown and golden cross hung to his neck ".

He was in the country evangelized centuries before fom Lisbon and from Goa, but the padres had died out, though some of the great churches were still kept in repair and the people uttered a gibberish of the Christian rites.


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