Travels in South Africa: Undertaken at the Request of the Missionary Society

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Black, Parry, & Company, 1815 - Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) - 400 pages
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Page 27 - It is about a mile in length, and a quarter of a mile in breadth, but contracts at both ends.
Page 244 - In a few minutes the square was filled with men, women, and children, who poured in from all quarters, to the number of a thousand or more. The noise from so many tongues, bawling with all their might, was rather confounding, after being so long accustomed to the stillness of the wilderness.
Page 58 - Who by searching can find out God ; who can find out the Almighty to perfection...
Page 391 - When we find the skin," said he, ' we do not call it the serpent ; no, it is only the skin : neither do we say the serpent is dead ; no, for we know he is alive, and has only cast his skin.
Page 579 - I was not able to come near the sea, on account of the mountains, and the scarcity of water. Sometimes I have been in a dismal wilderness for a fortnight together, without meeting one human creature. I continued travelling north as far as it was possible, when on the 5th of July I could proceed no further, and was obliged to turn my waggon southward.
Page 336 - I looked at my two hands, and for the first time noticed, that there was the same number of fingers on each. I asked why are there not five on this hand, and three on that ? it must be God that made them so.
Page 274 - ... the next district west from us, which afforded us much more quiet. The women here are the farmers. Even the queen digs the ground along with the other females. The instrument they use is a kind of pick-axe. They all sing while at work, and strike the ground with their axes according to time, so that no one gives a stroke more than another ; thus they make labour an amusement.
Page 286 - The royal family were at dinner, in the corner of their yard, outside the house. The king's distinction seemed to consist in his sitting next the pot that contained the boiled beans, on which they were dining, and having the only spoon we saw, with which he helped himself and his friends, by putting a portion into each hand as it was held out to him. One of the princesses was employed in cutting, with an axe, a dried paunch, into small pieces, and putting them into a pot to be boiled, either to complete...
Page 285 - ... interfere with industry ; that the inhabitants of my country were industrious, as he might be convinced of, by our clothes, waggons, and so forth, which they made — that his people would not be compelled to receive instruction, for only those who were willing would be instructed, and they would not interfere with his government. After answering some other objections, the king said, " SEND INSTRUCTORS, AND I WILL BE A FATHER TO THEM.
Page 371 - ... dragged by the men till they got beyond the strongest part of the stream ; during which they made no small noise, like the screaming of children. Our three waggons followed — then eight or ten Griqua women riding on oxen, most of whom had children tied to their backs — next came several men mounted on oxen, some of whom had females in tow, holding them by the hand, to assist them against the current.

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