The Personal Life of David Livingstone eBook

William Garden Blaikie
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map displayed in the rooms of the Geographical Society, substantially his own, but with another name in conspicuous letters.  On the Zambesi he had had difficulties, little suspected, of which in the meantime he would say nothing to the public.  A letter to his daughter Agnes, after he had gone to Bangweolo, dwells also much on his past difficulties—­as if he felt that the slow progress he was making at the moment needed explanation or apology.  Amid such topics, almost involuntary touches of the old humor occur:  “I broke my teeth tearing at maize and other hard food, and they are coming out.  One front tooth is out, and I have such an awful mouth.  If you expect a kiss from me, you must take it through a speaking-trumpet.”  In one respect, amid all his trials, his heart seems to become more tender than ever—­in affection for his children, and wise and considerate advice for their guidance.  In his letter to Agnes, he adverts with some regret to a chance he lost of saying a word for his family when Lord Palmerston sent Mr. Hayward, Q.C., to ask him what he could do to serve him.  “It never occurred to me that he meant anything for me or my children till I was out here.  I thought only of my work in Africa, and answered accordingly.”  It was only the fear that his family would be in want that occasioned this momentary regret at his disinterested answer to Lord Palmerston.



A.D. 1869-1871.

He sets out to explore Manyuema and the river Lualaba—­Loss of forty-two letters—­His feebleness through illness—­He arrives at Bambarre—­Becomes acquainted with the soko or gorilla—­Reaches the Luama River—­Magnificence of the country—­Repulsiveness of the people—­Cannot get a canoe to explore the Lualaba—­Has to return to Bambarre—­Letter to Thomas, and retrospect of his life—­Letter to Sir Thomas Maclear and Mr. Mann—­Miss Tinne—­He is worse in health than ever, yet resolves to add to his programme and go round Lake Bangweolo—­Letter to Agnes—­Review of the past—­He sets out anew in a more northerly direction—­Overpowered by constant wet—­Reaches Nyangwe—­Long detention—­Letter to his brother John—­Sense of difficulties and troubles—­Nobility of his spirit—­He sets off with only three attendants for the Lualaba—­Suspicions of the natives—­Influence of Arab traders—­Frightful difficulties of the way—­Lamed by foot-sores—­Has to return to Bambarre—­Long and wearisome detention—­Occupations—­Meditations and reveries—­Death no terror—­Unparalleled position and trials—­He reads his Bible from beginning to end four times—­Letter to Sir Thomas Maclear—­To Agnes—­His delight at her sentiments about his coming home—­Account of the soko—­Grief to hear of death of Lady Murchison—­Wretched character of men sent from Zanzibar—­At last sets out with Mohamad—­Difficulties—­Slave-trade most horrible—­Cannot get canoes for Lualaba—­Long waiting—­New plan—­Frustrated by

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