Manuscript of Dr. David Livingstone's 'Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries', 1865

Livingstone and his brother Charles spent many months after their return to Britain in 1864 writing his account of the second expedition. This published by John Murray as 'Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries'. However both the trip and the publication were not as successful as his first trip published as 'Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa '.

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crocodiles and hippopotami. From having no known outlet The water is
slightly bitter
and it appears to be deep. with islands
like hills rising out of it. Exceedingly lofty
mountains probably 8.000. ft. above the sea level
stand on near its Eastern shores. This range is
called Milanje while on the West stands
Mount Zomba 7,000 feet in height. and
some seventy miles long —

¶/ The steamer returned to Tette on the 23rd
of June, and after undergoing repairs, proceeded
to the Kongone, to receive provisions from one
of the cruizers. On the way down we
purchased a few gigantic cabbages and
pumpkins at a native village below Mazaro
Our dinners having usually consisted for some time
past
of but a single course, it was we were agreeably
surprised varied next day, when by our black cook from
Sierra Leone brought bearing in a second course.
What ever have you got there was asked in
wonderment — A tart sir — A tart, “of what is
it made, “of cabbage sir! As we had no
sugar and could not “make believe”
as in our the days of boyhood we did
not enjoy the feast that Tom's
genius had prepared