Mr. FRANCIS GALTON believed that no anxiety need be entertained about the safety of Dr. Livingstone. Our great traveller bad a reluctance to giving partial details of his explorations, preferring to bring back the results of the whole : communications, therefore, might not be received from him so frequently as geographers wished. There was no ground for crediting Living-stone with any excessive home-sickness. He was as much at home in Africa as in England, and, in fact, he had spent more of his life in Africa than in England; therefore, when he received his supplies, if he had more work to do, no doubt he would remain. He warned the Society not to expect too much 'from Dr. Livingstone's labours during the past year, since it is more probable than not, that his freedom of movement had been much embarassed by the want of supplies. Progress in Africa very much depended upon accident. Livingstone, in his early journeys, swept across Africa with great rapidity; but during the last four or five years his journeyings had only reached from Zanzibar to Manyema. Before concluding, he took the opportunity of expressing his admiration of the recent achievements of a solitary German botanist, Dr. Schweinfurth, whose remarkable route had been laid down on the large map hung up on the wall, and who had apparently succeeded in connecting the basin of the Nile, in a latitude south of Gondokoro, with the basin of Lake Tchad.
Discussion on Dr. Kirk's Letters relating to the Progress of Dr. Livingstone
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