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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status and character of our fellow men.
This knowledge makes me doubly
anxious to render my narrative
acceptable to all my readers, but
in the absence of any excellence of
in literary composition — the natural
consequence of my pursuits, I have
to offer only a simple account of
a mission which in consideration
of the objects proposed to be effected
deserved success far above any
former Expedition to Eastern Africa — and what
information is given respecting the
people visited and countries —
traversed will probably not be
materially gain said by any future
common place traveller like myself
who may be blest with fair
health and a gleam of sunshine
in his breast. It is written in
the hope that it may prove a contribution to that the information
given which may lead to that great fertile
continent being no longer wantonly
sealed, but made available
as the scene of European —
enterprise, and to its people
taking a place among the nations
of the Earth, thus perhaps pioneering
the happiness & prosperity of
tribes now sunk in barbarism
or debased by slavery.


the first Expedition sent to East
Africa after the Portuguese had worked