MISSIONARY LABOURS AND SCENES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

(London: John Snow, Paternoster-Row, n.d.).

SCARCE AND CORE AFRICANA. The volume gives a valuable account of mission work among the Bechuanas, with notes on the customs of the natives and a description of the earlier travels of the author. The preliminary chapters deal with the opinions of the author on the origin of the Hottentots, and give a synopsis of the early work of the London Missionary Society in South Africa, making reference to the labours of Drs. Vanderkemp and Philip, and other pioneer missionaries who preceded Mr. Moffat.
Some information is also afforded respecting the reformed savage Namaqua chief “Afrikaner”. The appearance in Cape Town of this convert was the cause of much wonder and astonishment; his arrival had been awaited with considerable skepticism by Lord Charles Somerset, who was much struck with this example of the results of missionary enterprise, and who "expressed his pleasure at seeing thus before him one who had been the scourge of the country and the terror of the border colonists."
In later chapters, the author gives an interesting account of the leader Moselekatse and his people, and he remarks that this well-known potentate "seemed anxious to please and to exhibit himself and his people to the best advantage." There was, however, considerable difficulty ascertaining the chief's real character, as no one in his dominions "dared breathe a syllable that was not calculated to set him forth as the best and noblest of beings, immaculate in his actions, the very perfection of all that was lovely just, and good.'' He was very gracious to the missionaries and appreciated their previous kindness to his envoys. Moffat gained considerable influence over him, and was instrumental in obtaining his permission to allow a mission station to be established in his country.
There are some particulars concerning Dr. Andrew Smith's expedition into the interior in I835, and there is an ample account of the labors of the various missionary societies engaged amongst the Bechuanas, Matabeles, Basutos, and other races at this period. A highly important and unusually scarce book in the core collection of the early exploration and settlement of Africa. Item #16918

Thirty-fifth thousand. Profusely illustrated throughout with partial-page engravings by G. Baxter, full page portrait frontispiece. 8vo, original red-brown cloth with blind stamp decorations and borders on both covers, ruled in gilt at the head and tail of the spine, lettered in gilt also on the spine. 3 ads, [iv], 162. A very handsome copy, fresh and clean internally, which just some expected uniform toning to the spine due to age.

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