Mr. GALTON said the readers of the society's `Journal' were greatly indebted to Dr. Mann for editing Mr. Erskine's Papers, which reached England in the form of a diary much too voluminous for publication. Dr. Mann very carefully edited one of the Papers referring to Mr. Erskine's previous journeys which bad already appeared in the' Journal,' and in the same way he was about to edit the account of the last two journeys. The interest of the country through which Mr. Erskine had travelled was greatly enhanced by the possibility of part of it hereafter becoming colonised by men of English race, and he wished to ask Dr. Mann some questions concerning its climatic conditions. The northern part of the Transvaal was as near the Equator as Calcutta, but although it was sub-tropical, the interior was high above the sea, and therefore enjoyed a more favoured climate than the low lands of Calcutta. How much more favoured it was, was the question he wished to ask Dr. Mann-how far an Englishman could perform laborious work in those latitudes, or whether agricultural work must not be done for him by the blacks? Could the English race thrive and multiply there ? Did the children become sickly ? He understood that the Dutch had thriven unexpectedly well in Pretoria, and it would be exceedingly interesting to know if our Anglo-Saxon race was likely to flourish there. Perhaps at the same time Dr. Mann would give them some information with regard to the products of the country, more especially as to its capabilities for growing wool. It was well known that sheep lost their wool in hot countries, and he wished to know if the Merino and other new breeds were likely to flourish and bear wool in the northern part of the Transvaal, between the Limpopo and the Zambesi. Dr. MANN said the climate was a most extraordinary one.
Discussion on Mr. Erskine's Journeys
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