89. David Livingstone, Linyati, to William Thompson, Cape of Good Hope (via St Helena)

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Appendix to letter of 13th; expresses sympathy at death of Thompson's father-in-law [Dr Ralph Wardlaw], whose theological lectures he had attended [at Glasgow University, 1836-8]; thoughts on missionary prospects for the region; is perplexed re the "insalubrity of the climate", particularly for his children; trade routes opening up - "every day we hear of commerce extending its ramifications in all directions"; potential for relay across the region by Makololo; influence of preaching the gospel; reflects on relations with the Bakwains [baKwena] in a positive light, despite their "determined hostility to the requirements of the gospel"; thanks Thompson for publishing the "'Pot defence" [see letter 69] in response to the defamatory remarks published about him [in the Cape Town Mail]; compares Boers unfavourably with the Bakwains in terms of their morality; has received no letters from his wife.

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