49. David Livingston [Livingstone], Kolobeng, to Rev J. J. Freeman [at Capetown]

Scope and Content

Hopes letter will reach Freeman before he departs from the Cape; restates his desire to move north and the reasons for this; discusses the Bakhoba and the people around and north of Sebitoane [Sebetwane, chief of the Makololo, 1825?-1851], and the geography and features of the region, including the river Zouga and its tributaries, the large number of mosquitoes, "gadfly", sparrows "by the million" which work against the prospect of growing English corn, and an epidemic of pneumonia; covets the "privilege of introducing the gospel into a [new] land"; refers to the translation and revision work of [Robert] Moffat; critical of the donations of "cheap & very often useless calcio" clothing sent to Africa by people in England and suggests that it might be better to send monetary

donations direct to the Society; refers to Freeman's visit to Sebube [a Tlharo tribesman who had recently gone to the baNgwaketse as a 'native teacher']; proposes the idea of a triennial deputation and the benefits of the climate to visiting London ministers (including the absence of consumption).

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph John Freeman (1794-1851), LMS missionary and Foreign Secretary, appointed as a Deputation to visit the Society's stations in South Africa in 1848, arrived at Cape Town in February 1849 and completed his work by July 1850. Accompanied by Moffat, Freeman was at Kolobeng at the emd of 1849 and beginning of 1850.

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