Brigham Young University - Harold B. Lee Library
Handwritten and signed letter, dated 24 Oct. 1862, and addressed to Mrs. Robinson in Bagatelle, Moka, Mauritius. The item was composed in Johanna Anjouan, Comoro Islands. Livingstone offers condolences on the loss of Robinson's loved one. He also writes about his exploration from Lake Nyasa and his attempts to stop the illegal slave trade
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One complete autograph letter written by Livingstone to John Kirk, dated November 6, 1859, and an undated fragment of a second letter from Livingstone (signed on two different pages, so this might possibly be fragments of two letters, presumably also to Kirk) -- In the November 6, 1859 letter Livingstone explains that he was unable to wait for Kirk's arrival because of his leaky boat. He discusses the need to get provisions for the crew, and payments for laborers. In the fragmentary letter[s], Livingtone asks to have a camel sent to him loaded with rice, and payment for sheep and goats and for laborers. He also seeks a man-of-war ship. Persons named in the letters include: Mr. Thornton; Admiral Washington; Tito; Bandeira; Vianna; Sr. Manoel; Sr. Galdino; Ali; Mabruk; and Col. Nunes. Places named include Qullimane; Kongone; Zanzibar; and Mozambique
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Collection includes 7 autograph letters by David Livingstone (accession numbers M81; M84; M85; M87; M90; M91; and M97); 1 letter about Livingstone written by the Reverend Richard Cecil to the Reverend W. Ellis, dated Ongar, 24 November 1838 (M98); a handwritten receipt on behalf of the trustees of David Livingstone, LL. D, signed by his son W. Oswell Livingstone and dated 22 August 1872 (M99); a sepia-toned print captioned "Livingstone weak from fever escorted to Shinte's town," probably excised from a copy of The life and explorations of Dr. Livingstone, by John S. Roberts (London: Adam & Co., [1878]) (M102); a printed broadside issued by Glasgow College announcing an address by Livingstone to be presented at the College on 25 February 1858 (A14); an undated color-illustrated postcard of "The Scottish national memorial to David Livingstone at Blantyre, Lanarkshire; renunciation/farewell to Stanley" (no accession number); and an undated color-illustrated cigarette card featuring a ... Read More
Wheaton College - Buswell Library
Letter written by Livingstone to John Kirk laying down some of the conditions of an expedition they were planning to Africa
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Two autograph letters written by Livingstone during his stay in England -- Livingstone's letter to John Kirk, written at Newstead Abbey, 28 February 1865, discusses Kirk's draft paper on dye-stuff (probably "On a new dye-wood of the genus Cudranea, from tropical Africa," which was published in the Journal of the Linnean Society: Botany, volume 9 (1867), pages 229-230), and also makes reference to the Tories in Parliament and the debate over the Zanzibar territory. Persons mentioned in the letter to Kirk include Dr. Watson; Mr. Murray; Pine; Lord Stanley; Mr. Hall; Burton; and the Sultan of Zanzibar. Livingstone's letter to Arthur Mills, written from 8 Dover Street, Piccadilly, 12 May 1865, mentions the prospect of being examined by the Committee (probably the Select Committee on West African Settlements?), against Burton's assertions, and re-confirms Livingstone's convictions on the value of having missions and missionaries in Africa, including Sierra Leone and Luanda
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Livingstone's autograph letters to his financial supporter James Young, including two fragments ([4] pages on 1 sheet, dated July 7, 1863, Cataracts of Shire [Malawi]; and [4] pages, undated, with caption heading "3 sheet"), and a complete, signed letter dated Cataracts, August 1, 1863 ([8] pages), with addendum "August 8, Cataracts" on page [8] -- Livingstone's letters discuss the missionaries on the Zambezi expedition, his plan to sell his boat the Lady Nyassa in Bombay, and his praise for John Kirk. Persons mentioned in Livingstone's letters include Mr. Tod; Mr. Hannam; John Kirk; Meller; Thornton; Mr. Hamilton; Rae; Mrs. Baines; Dr. Macleod; and Bishop Tozer
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Livingstone describes the progress of his expedition's march to the vicinity of Victoria Falls, and notes that various members have been suffering from fever -- He describes the Zambezi River Valley, problems with hippopotamuses, the cultivation of cotton, and the presence of Tette and west coast slave traders in the area. Some persons named in the letter include Commodore Owen; Mr. and Mrs. Helmore; Mr. Baldwin from Natal; Joseph Arend from Kuruman; the headman of the Makololo; Sekeletu; George Cathcart; and Moshesh
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Livingstone recounts his experience with and recovery from a lion attack that left him with eleven ugly gashes and a shattered humerus. He describes the mission that he has established at Mabotsa, and asks Hayward to send him a copy of the Lancet or a newspaper sometime -- Some persons or tribes named in the letter include Hancock, Houston, Mosilikatse, and Bamangwato
Morgan Library and Museum - Pierpont Morgan Library
Giving his initial impressions of the African natives and their land, describing primitive iron-smelting operations and commenting on the Boers
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Livingstone describes his arrival at Mazaro on the Zambezi River, where he saw a number of headless, mutilated bodies lying around, amidst a crowd of natives and Portuguese -- There was shooting in the vicinity. The governor was ailing. Livingstone counsels Kirk to have patience about getting supplies, and suggests that the Portuguese could be of help if not distracted by war. Some persons named in the letter include the Commandant of Tete; Colonel Nuñez; Baines; and Lt. Azeredo. Places or tribes mentioned include Mazaro; Shupanga; Landeen; and Senna