112. David Livingstone, Chicova, Zambesi [Zambezi], to Rev Arthur Tidman [Mission House, Blomfield Street, London]

Scope and Content

Sorrow at hearing the news of the deaths of the Helmore family from fever on reaching the country of the Makololo; explains his inability to reach them and offer his assistance due to difficulties of the expedition; speaks of the effectiveness of the cure for fever [Malaria] that he has been using, first tried with his own family and the Lake Ngami party in 1850, and tried more extensively on his present expedition to good effect - encloses the prescription for his "Fever Powder", which uses common ingredients; cordial reception of Mr Helmore by the Makololo; describes course along the North bank of the Zambesi [Zambezi] above the Kafue; descent to base of a mountain called Tabachen and experience of "the clear cold air of the Highlands"; Makololo companions desire to leave the lowlands - arrangements with the chief for the removal of his people; have examined the whole river below the falls and believes that an ordinary steamer could ascend while the river is in flood.

Administrative / Biographical History

Holloway Helmore (1815-1860), LMS missionary to Southern Africa. Having been appointed to open a mission among the Makololo, on the north of the Zambesi, he travelled with Mrs Helmore and their four children, and Mr and Mrs Price, also missionaries, arriving at Linyati on 14 February 1860. Here Mr and Mrs Helmore and two of their children died of fever, as did Mr Price's child and later his wife. Under these disastrous circumstances the mission to the Makololo was given up.

Roger Price (1834-1919), LMS missionary to Southern Africa.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

Catalogued

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance