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Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa


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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108007948

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  • Robert Moffat, Scottish missionary and linguist, arrived in South Africa in 1817 under the aegis of the London Missionary Society. He pioneered missionary activity among the Tswana people and became deeply influential in South Africa, helping to open up the 'missionary road' north of the Cape and later criticising the Afrikaners and becoming an advocate of British imperial rule in the region. He was also the first transcriber of the Setswana language. Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa (1842) is an autobiographical account of Moffat's time as a missionary and contains, as he states in the preface, a 'faithful record of events which have occurred within the range of his experience and observation' that 'supplies much that may serve to illustrate the peculiar attributes of African society.' Missionary Labours was hugely popular with the Victorian readership and became a classic narrative of missionary activity in Africa.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108007948
    • length: 668 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 37 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. General view of the state of Africa
    2. First mission to South Africa
    3. Dr. Vanderkemp's mission commenced among the HOTTENTOTS
    4. Bushmen apply for teachers
    5. Geographical position of Namaqua-land
    6. Missionaries settle at Warm Bath
    7. The Rev. J. Campbell writes to Africaner
    8. The author arrives at Africaner's kraal
    9. Projected journey
    10. Return homeward
    11. Journey to Griqua country
    12. Journey to Cape Town
    13. Mission to the Griquas
    14. Retrospective view
    15. Mr. Reed succeeds in obtaining consent
    16. Difficulties on entering on a mission
    17. Works of creation insufficient
    18. Indifference to instruction
    19. Influence of rain-makers
    20. Prospects become darker
    21. Reports of the Mantatees
    22. The Griquas arrive
    23. Removal of the station proposed
    24. The natives and the compass
    25. [not present in original publication]
    26. State of the public mind
    27. Visit to the Barolongs
    28. Change of prospects
    29. Delightful change
    30. Moselekatse's ambassadors
    31. The author's stay prolonged
    32. The progress of civilisation
    33. A journey for timber
    34. The Basuto mission.

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    Robert Moffat, London Missionary Society

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