39. David Livingston [Livingstone], Chonuane [Chonwane], to Rev David G. Watt, Mission House, Blomfield Street, London

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Personal letter; concerns for Watt's position; plans to travel about 10 days east [of Chonuane] to visit the indigenous people living there with hopes of smoothing the way for their "two native brethren", Mebaloe [Mebalwe Molehane] and Paul; comments on progress and characters of Mebaloe and Paul; refers to the lack of progress in the conversion of the Bechuana chiefs, with the exception of "the aged Motheebe" [Mothibi, elder brother of Mahura, chief of the Ba Thlaping, 1812-1845]; refers to the immense influence of the chiefs over their people; refers to dispute with Edwards; comments on arrival of Inglis [Walter Inglis] at Mabotsa; refers to privations in current location, "Here I have to go more than forty miles for water to irrigate enough of land to get corn".

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