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Small Collection 048 Papers of David Livingstone

Identifier: Small CN 048

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a single letter written by David Livingstone to John Kirk, outlining some of the conditions of two-year expedition they were planning to Africa. Topics discussed include government funding and expected expenses, anticipated living conditions during the expedition, and Kirk's qualifications for joining the expedition. The letter is dated January 4, 1858 from Hamilton, Scotland.


  • Created: 1858

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Scottish pioneer missionary, physician, and abolitionist; born, 1813; sent by London Missionary Society to South Africa, 1840; began four-year, six thousand mile journey, 1852; led expedition of Zambezi region, which included discovery of Victoria Falls, 1857; died in modern day Zambia in 1873 after contracting malaria.


1.00 folder

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The material in this collection was purchased by the by the Billy Graham Center Archives in January 1980 from manuscript dealer John Wilson of Oxon, England.

Small Collection 048 Papers of David Livingstone
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Language of description
Script of description
Nineteenth Century Handwriting

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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