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Lot #254
David Livingstone

Before he was lost (and found)

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Before he was lost (and found)

Scottish missionary and explorer (1813–1873). After “disappearing” on an expedition to find the source of the Nile, Livingstone was found in 1871 by fellow explorer Henry M. Stanley, who made the famous query, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” ALS, two pages both sides, 4.25 x 7, February 20, 1858. Livingstone writes to Lady Franklin. In part: “In answer to your kind inquiry I reply that Robert is at a school (Henry Wilson’s) at Kendal and you could hear of him from Charles Braithwaite of that town. Tom is at Hamilton at a day school and goes to his grandmother’s cottage at night. Everyone in Hamilton knows them. Agnes is in Glasgow and not at school on account of weakness of eyes. A young governess tries to get her on in learning without using her eyes. She could always be heard of from professor Andrew Buchanan at Athol Place who is one of her guardians. Many thanks for your kind intentions. We shall value them highly….” A touch of subtle wrinkling and soiling, otherwise fine, bright condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008