52. David Livingston [Livingstone], Kolobeng, to Rev J. J. Freeman, Mission House, Blomfield Street, London

Scope and Content

Responds to points raised by Rev Freeman and argues his own case, including the issue of how long missionaries should allow for a trial with the gospel amongst a particular people before the removal of the mission; outlines the history of the Bechuana Mission as a case in point and details the main phases of its development; refers to the meeting of a Select Committee of the LMS, which met in April 1849, to consider the Society's constitution and mode of administration after more than 50 years; refers to the resolutions of brethren in Leeds [passed at a meeting of 'Ministers and delegates connected with the West Riding Auxiliary to the London Missionary Society' held at Leeds in January 1850]; recounts journey to Lake Ngami (see letter 51); refers to the birth of their daughter at Kolobeng [Elizabeth Pyne, who died in September 1850 at 6 weeks old]; trouble with Boers, which threatens the stability of the station; reference to Alfred Rider, who made sketches of views of the Lake and surrounding country; refers to the telescope given to him by Freeman as a gift and complains that if it wasn't for his "plaguey watch" he could "observe an occultation by the moon's dark light sufficiently well for the Longitude".

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