Life of Robert Gray; Bishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Africa Volume 1

Life of Robert Gray; Bishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Africa Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...behind with stones to stop the cart from going back at the resting-places. I never remember to have been more oppressed by any exertion. Had the hill been a little longer, I am sure I should have fainted; as it was my legs quite gave way, and I nearly fell, and did not recover myself for half-an-hour. I walked nearly the whole way, thinking that I was better able to carry myself than the horses were to draw me. We passed the night in a valley half-way up a mountain." The next night, after some delay owing to the horses having strayed, they outspanned by a little stream, where the neighbouring Kafirs (who were quite naked) brought them sticks for their fire, new milk, and a few mealies for the horses, as also a calf, which latter was the tribute customary to bring to a great chief passing through the country. In return the Bishop gave the Kafirs some of his hard biscuits, which puzzled them very much; sugar, which they thought excellent, and very sweet tea, which they liked best of all. The next day's journey (July 5th) was very disastrous: --"We ascended the mountain which overhangs the Umzumkulu well enough; but in our descent we came to some very broken ground, though not worse than much that we had safely passed over. Just, however, as I was offering up thanksgiving for escape from danger, I saw my cart roll over. In an instant it was turned completely upon its head, quite crushing the tent, and the wheelers were upon their backs, with their feet in the air. Ludwig was invisible, being under the cart. We extricated him with some difficulty, and found that, by God's great mercy, he was not in the least hurt;--he had not even a bruise. In a short time we managed to release the horses, and then, with the assistance of some Kafirs, turned...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511026
  • 9781236511027