The Life & Explorations


Dr Livingstone


John S. Roberts

Including Extracts from Dr Livingstone's last journal

by Rev E.A. Manning





WHEN the report of the death of Dr. Livingstone reached this country, many people refused to credit the melancholy Intelligence. He had so often been given up for lost, and mourned as dead, his countrymen were at first reluctant to believe that the grand old man would never more be seen amongst them.

Ever since the indomitable Stanley took his last look of the groat traveller, —who, although for nearly six years he had been wholly cut off from civilization, still lingered, self-exiled, until his work should be completed, — the interest in his movements has not abated. From the Congo, or from the Nile, — according to the opinions formed as to the further course of the mysterious Lualaba, whose gathering waters he had followed from the uplands which divide the African central valley from that of the Zambesi, to a point within a couple of hundred miles of the hitherto supposed head-waters of the Nile, — Intelligence of his movements has been looked for with an Impatience which shows how strong an impression this remarkable man, and his extraordinary career, have made upon the public mind.

The life of this truly great man, from its childhood to its close, is a living lesson which the youth of our country cannot of take too closely to heart. The child and boy, who, while undergoing the drudgery of twelve hours' daily labor in a factory, found time and means to educate himself for the noble office of the Christian mission to the heathen, is as interesting and Instructive a study as that of the grown man, whose determined Will and untiring effort have made us familiar with more of the formerly unknown regions of the earth than any previous explorer of ancient or of modern times.

The present narrative— mainly designed for that large class of modern readers who have neither the time nor the opportunity for becoming acquainted with the many sources from which it has been gleaned—has been written in brief intervals of leisure during the past eighteen months. And it is believed that this brief account of his career will tend to increase and maintain the interest, which the melancholy termination of his career has revived, in the great and noble work to which he devoted, and for which he sacrificed, his life.

In presenting a new edition to the public, we are happy to be able to incorporate all the essential results of Dr. Living-stone's Last Journal of his third attempt to open Central Africa more fully to the civilized world, —an object for which he seemed so ardently to live, and for which he certainly was so ready to die, — always bearing in mind, what he never for an instant lost sight of, viz., the discovery of the real source of the Nile, and Africa's redemption from the vile curse of the slave-trade.