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 '.


Copyright National Library of Scotland

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When first, I determined on
publishing the narrative of my
“Missionary Travels” I had a great
misgiving as to whether the criticism
my endeavours might provoke
would be friendly or the reverse,
more particularly as I felt that
I had then been so long a sojourner
in the wilderness that I was quite
positively a stranger to the British
public. But I am now in this
my second essay at authorship
cheered by the conviction that
very many readers who are
personally unknown to me,
will recieve this narrative
with the kindly consideration
and allowances of friends : and
many more under the genial
influence of an innate love of
liberty, and a desire to see the same
blessings of social & religious
light they themselves enjoy
disseminated throughout
the world, will sympathize
with me in the efforts by
which I have striven however
imperfectly, to elevate the