Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa by Robert Moffat

By Robert Moffat

Robert Moffat, Scottish missionary and linguist, arrived in South Africa in 1817 less than the aegis of the London Missionary Society. He pioneered missionary job one of the Tswana humans and have become deeply influential in South Africa, assisting to open up the 'missionary street' north of the Cape and later criticising the Afrikaners and changing into an suggest of British imperial rule within the area. He used to be additionally the 1st 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 includes, as he states within the preface, a 'faithful checklist of occasions that have happened in the variety of his adventure and commentary' that 'supplies a lot that could serve to demonstrate the abnormal attributes of African society.' Missionary Labours was once highly well liked by the Victorian readership and have become a vintage narrative of missionary task in Africa.

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Buys wandered about amongst the tribes, murdering and plundering, until he himself was murdered. Botha was killed by the Kafirs, at the instigation of his companion. The hut in which Bezuidenhoud slept was one night fired by the natives, and he was burnt to death. " At the close of the year 1800, Dr. Vanderkemp, owing to a combination of circumstances, left Kaiir- KAFIR MISSION ABANDONED. 33 land, for Graaff Reinet, principally to meet the two brethren, Vanderlingen and Read, and remained a considerable time there, during a rebellion among the farmers.

A parallel is furnished by the following facts of the case, which have hundreds of times come under my own observation, during a residence of more than twenty years among the Bechuana tribes. Connected with each of the towns among that people, there are great numbers of what are called " Balala," poor ones, who stand in the same relation to the Bechuanas in which the Bushmen formerly stood to the Hottentots, and whose origin doubtless was of the same nature. These Balala were once inhabitants of the towns, and have been permitted or appointed to live in country places for the purpose of procuring skins of wild animals, wild honey, and roots, for their respective chiefs.

Every effort to resume the Mission was fruitless, till the year 1792, when Marsveldt, Schwinn, and Kiichnel sailed for the Cape of Good Hope. They received every attention, and went in search of the spot where, more than half a century before, Schmidt left his little band. Part of the walls of his house was indeed still standing, and in the garden were several fruittrees planted by his hands; whilst various ruins of walls, at a short distance, marked the site of the lowly cottages which were once inhabited by his affectionate hearers; and, what must have been overpowering to these followers of so good a man, one of the females whom he had baptized, by the name of Magdalena, was also found out, and appeared to have a tolerable recollection of her former teacher, though she was now about seventy years of age.

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