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BLAIKIE  (William Garden)
BLAIKIE (William Garden) The Personal Life of David Livingstone LL.D. D.C.L. F.R.S.  Chiefly from his Unpublished Journals and Correspondence in the Possess of His Family,  1881
Second Edition, folding map, portrait, roy.8vo, original cloth,
Livingstone died in 1873, and was given a National Funeral and buried in Westminster Abbey in 1874. For many his Missionary work was the epitome of saintliness that Victorians most admired. Florence Nightingale said she thought of him "as what John the Baptist [would have been] had he been living in the nineteenth century," a voice crying in the wilderness. Horace Waller had been entrusted to edit and publish the public journals of Livingstone, Blaikie's was intended to reflect a more personal angle of this extraordinary man. His contention that "The history of his life [was] not completed at his death" gives him the opportunity to review Livingstone's work and the progress made since his death, and on the abolition of the Slave Trade. Signed on the front free endpaper by "S. Gurney Buxton, Catton Hall" who was High Sherriff of Norfolk and relative of the antislavery campaigner and philanthropist Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton.

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