Catalogue of the papers of Horace Waller

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1940; converted to EAD and published online 2013

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Volume I: Livingstone
B    Volume II: Gordon
C    Volume III: Miscellaneous
D    Volumes IV-V: Diaries
E    Volumes VI-VIII: Proofs of Livingstone's Last Journals
F    Volume IX: Maps, Sketches, etc.
G    Volume X: Gordon's Map of Palestine


Papers of Horace Waller, 1849-1893


Extent: 10 shelfmarks

Introduction

The following description of these papers appeared in the Bodleian Library Record in April 1940 (pages 145-146).

"This collection of letters and private papers belonged to the Rev. Horace Waller (1832-1896) and has been presented to Bodley by his daughters, Lady Hunt and Miss Grace Waller. Mr. Waller, who began life as a stockbroker, served as a layman on the first expedition of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa under Bishop Mackenzie from 1861 to 1863, was ordained on his return to England, and was Rector of Twywell, Northamptonshire, from 1874 to 1895. He numbered among his friends almost all the notable East African explorers and administrators of his day; the chief interest to this collection centres in his correspondence with Livingstone and Gordon.

With Livingstone Waller's relations were particularly close. They first met in 1861, when Waller was with the U.M.C.A. party and Livingstone on the Zambesi Expedition. They continued to correspond frequently from then until 1872, shortly before Livingstone's death. The collection contains eighty-five letters from Livingstone to Waller, of which twenty-three date from 1862-1863 (during the Zambesi Expedition), fifty from 1863-1865, when Livingstone was in England writing the Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, and twelve from 1865-1872.

It was to Waller that the editing of Livingstone's Last Journals was entrusted, and among his papers is a set of the proofs of this work, endorsed by him: "These should be carefully preserved as there are passages in them from Dr. Livingstone's notes and MSS. which were cut out before the book was published, at the suggestion of Mr. John Murray. He was pleased, by the bye, to designate it the most difficult piece of compilation he had ever known". The passages deleted relate mainly to the misconduct of the boys from the Nassick school at Bombay whom Livingstone took with him on this expedition. Together with these proofs, Waller kept the originals of the sketches he made for the book.

Perhaps the most interesting section of the Waller Papers is that relating to Gordon, from whom 127 letters have been preserved. They date from the years 1874-1884; the topics discussed in them are various - the suppression of the slave trade in the Sudan, the characters and conduct of members of Gordon's staff, the behaviour of missionaries, Gordon's own views on historical and theological questions. They throw a good deal of new light on his plans for East and Central Africa and on his relations with King Leopold of the Belgians, whose service he was on the point of entering when he was entrusted with his mission to Khartoum in 1884.

There are in addition a number of miscellaneous letters from various correspondents, such as Sir John Kirk, Gordon's sister, and missionaries of the U.M.C.A.; and, finally, a set of twenty-nine little books of notes and sketches kept by Waller himself between the years 1861 and 8167. They give an interesting picture of life in the first U.M.C.A. settlement, the personalities of its members, and the difficulties with which they had to contend."

Acquisition

Donated by Lady Hunt and Miss Grace Waller, Rev. Waller's daughters.

Restrictions on Use

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 16, Box 1, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Gordon | Charles George | 1833-1885 | army officer
Livingstone | David | 1813-1873 | explorer and missionary
Waller | Horace | 1833-1896 | missionary and slavery abolitionist

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Universities' Mission to Central Africa

Place names (NCA Rules)

Africa | Discovery and exploration

Subjects (LCSH)

Missionaries
Slave trade
Slavery

A   Volume I: Livingstone


Volume I: Livingstone
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 1
1862-1875
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content:

Letters from Livingstone (all are addressed to Horace Waller, unless noted to the contrary)

  • (fols. 1-6) is going to Johanna; misconduct of Portuguese. Shupanga, 7 Jul 1862
  • (fols. 7-10) visit to Johanna. Kongone, 30 Jul 1862
  • (fols. 11-12) they are to join Waller soon; sympathy in his "affliction". Above Mankokwe's, 26 Mar 1863
  • (fols. 13-14) death of Thornton. 21 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 15-18) will the Expedition be recalled? Cataracts, 24 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 19-20) apologises for "saying some things to you which I ought not to have said". 28 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 21-26) Kirk, C. Livingstone and others leaving. 28 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 27-28) canoe has been brought up. Cataracts, 30 Apr 1863
  • (fol. 29) he will expose the Governor [of Tete?] in the Cape papers. Cataracts, 1 May 1863
  • (fols. 30-31) returns some books; Waller's pun. 30 May 1863
  • (fols. 32-33) troubles with oxen. Cataracts, 2 Jun 1863
  • (fol. 34) Seseho's hunting. Cataracts, 10 Jun 1863
  • (fols. 35-36) loss of some numbers of All the Year Round belonging to Waller. Moambedyi, 14 Jun 1863
  • (fols. 37-40) feels stronger. Cataracts, 3 Jul 1863
  • (fols. 41-42) Morambala seems healthy. Cataracts, 5 Jul 1863
  • (fols. 43-48) wishes Waller to induce some of the Ajawa in his district to act as porters for Livingstone's boat. 17 Jul 1863
  • (fols. 49-50) the Ajawa have broken their contract, falsely alleging sickness. Above Tedzane, 6 Aug 1863
  • (fols. 51-52) instructions as to wages to be paid to his porters. Malango, 8 Aug 1863
  • (fols. 53-58) Bishop Tozer; conduct of Makololo; is he (Livingstone) to "go on the shelf"? Cataracts, 15 Aug 1863
  • (fols. 59-60) morals of Johanna men. Murchison's Cataracts, 28 Nov 1863
  • (fols. 61-66) Bishop Tozer. Murchison's Cataracts, 18 Dec 1863
  • (fols. 67-68) authorises Young and Waller to receive some cases of beer consigned to him. Mozambique, 2 Apr 1864
  • (fols. 69-70) messages for Miss Mackenzie and Mr. Halcombe. Hamilton, 4 Aug 1864
  • (fols. 71-72) removal of U.M.C.A. headquarters to Zanzibar. Hamilton, 6 Aug 1864
  • (fol. 73) negotiations with Admiralty for payment of sums due. INCOMPLETE. Hamilton, 29 Aug 1864
  • (fols. 74-75) to? Financial negotiations with Thornton's brother. INCOMPLETE. Hamilton, 1 Sep 1864
  • (fols. 76-77) preparation of his speech to the B.A. Hamilton, 6 Sep 1864
  • (fols. 78-79) asks Waller to draw a head for exhibition during his speech. [Bath, 19 Sep 1864]
  • (fols. 80-81) account of Speke's funeral. Clifton, 24 Sep 1864
  • (fols. 82-83) photographs for Miss Watson. INCOMPLETE. Newstead, 1 Oct 1864
  • (fols. 84-85) accounts for mules and transport in Africa. Newstead, 13 Oct 1864
  • (fols. 86-87) further on same subject. Newstead, 31 Oct 1864
  • (fols. 88-89) asks for some sketches which Waller had promised. Newstead, 8 Nov 1864
  • (fols. 90-91) black boy in reformatory at Maida Hill. Newstead, 18 Nov 1864
  • (fols. 92-93) his opinion of U.M.C.A. missionaries. Newstead, 23 Nov 1864
  • (fols. 94-95) Waller's speech at Croydon; the U.M.C.A. Newstead, 8 Dec 1864
  • (fols. 96-97) thinks it undesirable to attack Bishop Tozer. Newstead, 14 Dec 1864
  • (fols. 98-99) presses Waller to come and stay. Newstead, 18 Dec 1864
  • (fol. 100) To Kirk. Instructions for reaching Newstead. [Newstead, 24 Dec 1864]
  • (fols. 101-102) arrangements for meeting Waller. Newstead, 28 Dec 1864
  • (fols. 103-104) sorry Waller was unable to come to meeting. Newstead, 4 Jan 1865
  • (fols. 105-106) article in Blackwood's Magazine; "Philethiopist". Newstead, 8 Jan 1865
  • (fols. 107-108) asks for news of Waller's father's health. Newstead, 12 Jan 1865
  • (fols. 109-110) translation of a phrase in an African language. Newstead, 24 Jan 1865
  • (fols. 111-112) proof of The Zambesi and its Tributaries. Newstead, 25 Jan 1865
  • (fols. 113-114) financial arrangements for his next expedition. Newstead, 3 Feb 1865
  • (fols. 115-116) "O for Finis. Catch me at another book". Newstead, 7 Feb 1865
  • (fols. 117-118) Portuguese attacks on him. INCOMPLETE. Newstead, 9 Feb 1865
  • (fols. 119-120) proofs of his book. Newstead, 24 Feb 1865
  • (fols. 121-122) alterations required in pictures. Newstead, 8 Mar 1865
  • (fols. 123-124) article in Morning Post; is it true Waller is to be D.C.L. at Oxford? Newstead, 6 Apr 1865
  • (fols. 125-126) condolences on his father's death. Newstead, 23 Apr 1865
  • (fols. 127-128) has Waller kept a letter from Bishop Tozer? London, 2 May 1865
  • (fols. 129-130) asks Waller to prepare a drawing for the cover of Livingstone's book. London, 11 May 1865
  • (fols. 131-132) preparations for expedition. Hamilton, 1 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 133-134) his mother failing; can he get Miss Coutts to contribute towards the cost of the expedition? Hamilton, 5 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 135-136) hopes to go to Oxford and Cambridge shortly. Hamilton, 9 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 137-138) death of his mother; visit to Oxford. Hamilton, 21 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 139-140) thanks Waller for his condolences. Hamilton, 22 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 141-142) accounts with U.M.C.A. and Thornton. Hamilton, 27 Jun 1865
  • (fols. 143-144) arrived on 12th. London, 13 Jul 1865
  • (fols. 145-146) PS at end of letter from Rajah Brooke to Livingstone dated 18 Jul 1865; Brooke may have spoken to Miss Coutts. no date
  • (fols. 147-148) he is to meet Miss Coutts shortly. Newstead, 21 Jul 1865
  • (fols. 149-150) accounts; asks Waller to do some business for him. London, 27 Jul 1865
  • (fols. 151-154) has left his daughter in France; cholera at Marseilles and in Egypt. Near Alexandria, 26 Aug 1865
  • (fols. 155-156) engagement of boys from Nassick school for his expedition. Bombay, 27 Sep 1865
  • (fols. 157-160) prospects of establishing commercial enterprise in Africa. Bombay, 26 Oct 1865
  • (fols. 161-162) Sunley's experiment at Johanna. Bombay, 15 Nov 1865
  • (fols. 163-164) PS to letter to Waller from John Waikatani; Captain Fraser and the purchase of slaves. Bombay, 4 Dec 1865
  • (fols. 165-166) comments on Waikatani's letter. Bombay, 2 Dec 1865
  • (fols. 167-168) he sails for Africa on 2nd; meeting with Bishop Tozer. Bombay, 1 Jan 1866
  • (fol. 169) forwards a note for Waller from one of the native boys. [Zanzibar, 1865]
  • (fols. 170-171) description of country; Arab slave traders; results to be expected from U.M.C.A.'s education of freed slaves. Country of the Chipeta, 3 Nov 1866-1 Feb 1867
  • (fol. 172) arrival at Ujiji. Ujiji, 23 Oct-3 Nov 1871
  • (fols. 173-177) search for sources of Nile; proposal for bishopric in Madagascar; Kirk's conduct; thanks for boots etc.; slave trade in Manyema; asks Waller to call on Stanley in London and introduce him to Murchinson, Frere, etc. Ujiji, Nov 1871; Unyanyembe, 19 Feb 1872; Unyanyembe, 8 Mar 1872
  • (fols. 178-181) erosion of shores of Lake; complaints of R.G.S. for not publishing his observations; Kirk's conduct; plans for his return to London; Sir Samuel Baker. East of Lake Tanganyika, 2 Sep 1872

Undated letters and fragments

  • (fol. 182) he has written to Thornton's brother. [1863]
  • (fol. 183) regarding ticket to Bath for meeting of B.A. [1864]
  • (fols. 184-198) eight undated letters. Newstead, between Sep 1864 and May 1865
  • (fol. 199) payments to Thornton's brother. [Jun 1865]
  • (fols. 200-210) miscellaneous sheets and scraps of paper (number 205 addressed to Kirk)
  • (fols. 211-214) four envelopes addressed in Livingstone's handwriting
  • (fol. 215) copy of letter from Livingstone to the captain of a naval ship in the Mozambique Channel asking him to send provisions to Quilimane for the expedition. Murchison's Cataracts, 28 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 216-218) copy of part of number 53. Cataracts, 15 Aug 1863

Letters from Waller to Livingstone

  • (fols. 219-222) glad to hear news of Livingstone again; the slave trade. Chatham, 25 Oct 1869
  • (fols. 223-224) meeting of R.G.S. to hear Livingstone's letters read; he should call public attention in England to slave trade on east coast of Africa. Chatham, 24 Nov 1869
  • (fols. 225-226) Franco-Prussian War; massacre at Linyanti. Chatham, 2 Aug 1870
  • (fols. 227-246) Waller's meeting with Stanley; remarks on Stanley's behaviour in England. (Page 17 missing). Leytonstone, 12 Aug 1872
  • (fols. 247-252) sent by Lieutenant Grundy; Stanley's attacks on Kirk; the treatment of freed slaves; new bishop of Madagascar. Leytonstone, 25 Nov 1872
  • (fols. 253-256) Frere's mission; Kirk's conduct over Livingstone's supplies. Leytonstone, 17 Feb 1873
  • (fols. 257-258) popular attitude to Frere mission; Père Horner and Kirk. Leytonstone, 6 Jun 1873
  • (fols. 259-260) results of Baker's work in the Sudan; the slave trade. Leytonstone, 23 Oct 1873

Letters from Sir Thomas Maclear, Astronomer Royal at the Cape (all are addressed to Livingstone except the last, which is to Waller)

  • (fols. 261-262) stop watch to be sent to Livingstone; news of colleagues at Observatory. Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, 18 Jun 1866
  • (fols. 263-264) health of his colleagues; Cape politics. Observatory, 9 Oct 1866
  • (fols. 265-267) from W. Mann, Mrs. Mann and Maclear. Finished results of Livingstone's observations; Maclear and Mann have both retired. Cape of Good Hope, 7 Feb 1873
  • (fols. 268-269) history of the stop watch, copy of Maclear's letter to Kirk regarding it. Mowbray, Cape of Good Hope, 8 Feb 1873
  • (fols. 270-271) encloses observations of Sir Samuel Baker on the unity of Lakes Albert Nyanza and Tanganyika. Mowbray, 8 Oct 1873
  • (fol. 272) congratulates Waller on his editing of Livingstone's Last Journals; extracts from Livingstone's letters to him and remarks on Livingstone's routes; letters received by him from Livingstone. Mowbray, 31 Jan 1875

B   Volume II: Gordon


Volume II: Gordon
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 2
1874-1893
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content:

All letters etc. addressed to Waller, unless otherwise noted.

Letters from Gordon

  • (fols. 1-2) change of address. London, 23 Jan 1874
  • (fol. 3) is to leave England on the 28th. London, 26 Jan 1874
  • (fols. 4-5) regrets not having seen him when he called. London, 28 Jan 1874
  • (fol. 6) loan of scientific instruments by R.G.S. Turin, 29 Jan 1874
  • (fols. 7-10) arrival and interview with Khedive. Cairo, Feb 1874
  • (fol. 11) impressions of the Khedive's entourage. Cairo, 14 Feb 1874
  • (fols. 12-15) reports on transport up the Nile and conditions between Khartum and Gondokoro. Khartum, 22 Mar 1874; Gondokoro, 16 Apr 1874; Khartum, 4 May 1874
  • (fol. 16) difficulties in way of suppressing slave trade. Berber, 18 May 1874
  • (fols. 17-19) meteorological observations. Khartum, 6 Jun 1874; Gondokoro, 11 Sep 1874
  • (fol. 20) illness prevalent, men coming out to the Sudan should be medically examined before starting. Gondokoro, 11 Sep 1874
  • (fols. 21-22) Long's expedition to Mtesa; Gordon wishes for scientists. Gondokoro, 22 Oct 1874; 3 Nov 1874
  • (fol. 23) reports arrival of Watson and Chippindall. Gondokoro, 20 Nov 1874
  • (fols. 24-28) health of his companions; question of freed slaves, suggests that some English clergy should come out and deal with the problem themselves, and that his English critics should contribute to the expense. Between Lado and Sodat River, 29 Jan 1875
  • (fol. 29) meteorological observations. Junction of Bahr-el-Ghazal with Bahr-el-Abiad, 7 Feb 1875
  • (fols. 30-31) problems of geography of Sobat and Nile. Between Sobat River and Lado, 16 Feb 1975
  • (fols. 32-33) "I wish I were out of the whole affair and back at my R.E. duties again". Beddèn, 5 May 1975
  • (fols. 34-37) reflections on English critics of his policy and on his conduct towards the natives. Laboré, 4 Oct 1875
  • (fols. 38-39) advises cautious attitude towards Mtesa. Dufilé, 24 Feb 1876
  • (fols. 40-43) arrival of Lucas; discussions as to his work; he is finally sent to Mtesa and Rumanika. Laboré, 20 Jun 1876
  • (fol. 44) expects to come home in January, does not wish to meet anyone connected with or interested in Africa. Lado, 12 Oct 1876
  • (fols. 45-47) shall he return to Egypt? If so, shall he try and "break through" from the Equatorial Provinces to the sea? Southampton, 4 Jan 1877
  • (fol. 48) will see him in London. Southampton, 8 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 49-50) he is to see Lord Derby that day. London, 9 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 51-52) he has left the Khedive's service, can he get back to Africa in any other capacity? His conditions. London, 11 Feb 1877
  • (fols. 53-54) he will go to Scotland, will Waller accompany him? London, 16 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 55-59) Gordon's proposals for the development of East Africa and conditions on which he will serve there. London, 17 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 60-61) encloses copy of telegram from the Khedive. London, 18 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 62-63) doubts as to how to leave the Khedive's service. London, 19 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 64-65) further on the same subject. London, 19 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 66-68) as a result of pressure from the Duke of Cambridge he must go back to Egypt. London, 21 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 69-70) regrets inability to keep an appointment with Waller. London, 28 Jan 1877
  • (fol. 71) wishes Waller good-bye and asks him to withhold his (Gordon's) name from letters to the Press. London, 31 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 72-73) difficulties of his task, determination to carry it through. Khartum, 1 May 1877
  • (fols. 74-77) emancipation of slaves. Khartum, 19 May 1877
  • (fols. 78-80) asks for advice on emancipation; would Waller come out? Oomchanga, Darfur, 22 Jun 1877
  • (fols. 81-85) slave trade in Shakka; defence of his policy. Dura, Darfur, 30 Jul 1877
  • (fols. 86-90) attack on Anti-Slavery Society and defence of his own policy. En route to Shakka, 11 Sep 1877
  • (fol. 91) he has received news of Anglo-Egyptian Slave Convention; asks Waller to write no more. En route to Khartum, 10 Oct 1877
  • (fols. 92-93) reports end of Red Sea slave trade. Khartum, 30 Jan 1878
  • (fols. 94-96) apparent end of Sudan slave trade; relations with Cairo. Khartum, 17 Jan 1879
  • (fols. 97-100) report on situation in Sudan; further attack on Anti-Slavery Society. Shakka, 11 Apr 1879
  • (fol. 101) "I look on the slave trade as utterly crushed." El Fasher, 17 May 1879
  • (fols. 102-104) suggests meeting with 10 missionary representatives to discuss missions and slave trade. (London), 7 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 105-106) Mackinnon's scheme on the Juba. London, 8 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 107-108) reasons for having been out when Waller called. London, 19 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 109-110) he has seen Mackinnon who seems ill. Southampton, 25 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 111-112) makes appointment with Waller. Southampton, 27 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 113-114) will go out to Zanzibar for 2 months. London, 29 Feb 1880
  • (fols. 115-116) interviews with King Leopold; their East African scheme. Brussels, 2 Mar 1880
  • (fols. 117-118) further interview with the King. Brussels, 4 Mar 1880
  • (fols. 119-120) attack on German and Swiss schools taking English pupils. Lausanne, 12 Mar 1880
  • (fols. 121-122) further thoughts on Swiss schools and Zanzibar. Lausanne, 20 Mar 1880
  • (fol. 123) thanks Gerald Waller for information on steamers to Zanzibar. Berne, 23 Mar 1880
  • (fol. 124) written on back of telegram from War Office offering him "command of colonial forces" (i.e. S[outh] Africa), gives his reasons for refusing it. (Berne), 23 Mar 1880
  • (fol. 125) he will go to Brussels. Paris, 30 Mar 1880
  • (fols. 126-127) he feels bound to King Leopold but sure that the King's plans in Central Africa will fail owing to the opposition of the Sultan of Zanzibar. Paris, 4 Apr 1880
  • (fol. 128) if he goes to East Africa it must be as Leopold's servant; discussions at Brussels. Brussels, 6 Apr 1880
  • (fol. 129) has just returned from Brussels. London, 7 Apr 1880
  • (fols. 130-131) report on interview with Leopold. London, 7 Apr 1880
  • (fols. 132-133) he is to leave England on the 13th; does not think his post (as private secretary to Lord Ripon) will suit him. London, 6 May 1880
  • (fol. 134) acknowledges letter. London, 12 May 1880
  • (fol. 135) does not expect to remain with Lord Ripon for long. Near Bombay, 30 May 1880
  • (fol. 136) shall he go to Zanzibar? Bombay, 4 Jun 1880
  • (fol. 137) "Do nothing am going China". Bombay, 7 Jun 1880
  • (fols. 138-139) mutilation of slave boys in Sudan. Galle, 8 Sep 1880
  • (fol. 140) acknowledges letters. En route to Suez, 25 Sep 1880
  • (fol. 141) hopes to see Waller next week. Southampton, 21 Oct 1880
  • (fols. 142-143) he is going to Ireland. Southampton, 1 Nov 1880
  • (fol. 144) he is staying in London. London, 1 Dec 1880
  • (fols. 145-150) memorandum on Egyptian anti-slavery convention and decrees (see also Volume IX, folios 31-36); corrected proof (with additions) of the same; letter from the secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society on back. Thrapston, 31 Dec 1880
  • (fols. 151-155) memorandum on dispute over territory of Bogos between Egypt and Abyssinia. [Thrapston?], 2 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 156) note by Gordon: "Three shells abstracted for British M." (enclosed in following letter, see also folio 182). 4 Jan 1881
  • (fols. 157-158) sends some papers and copies of the Anglo-Egyptian convention and the Egyptian decree. Thames Ditton, 6 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 159) redirection of letters. Thames Ditton, 7 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 160) redirection of letters. Thames Ditton, 8 Jan 1881
  • (fols. 161-162) asks for a Greek New Testament and for advice as to how to get work in the London slums. (Kensington, 9 Jan 1881)
  • (fols. 163-164) reason for change of opinion on the Abyssinian question. Kensington, 11 Jan 1881
  • (fols. 165-166) asks for prices of some books he wishes to buy. London, 14 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 167) fragment of a theological memorandum? 14 Jan 1881
  • (fols. 168-169) is to see Rev. Jones (about getting work in London slums) on 17th. London, 15 Jan 1881
  • (fols. 170-171) quest for suitable slum work. [London?], 18 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 172) he has found work at Lambeth. London, 25 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 173) asks for address of Sir B. F. [Bartle Frere?]; title of a book. London, 26 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 174) his memorandum of 31 Dec 1880 (folio 145) based on a mistaken reading of the Convention. London, 28 Jan 1881
  • (fol. 175) Khedive must free Egyptian slaves if he is to be thought in earnest. Southampton, 1 Feb 1881
  • (fol. 176) returns to London that day; Osman Rifki Pasha. Southampton, 4 Feb 1881
  • (fol. 177) "the type has been broken up [of memorandum, folio 145?] so it is too late" London, 8 Feb 1881
  • (fols. 178-179) slavery among the Boers; theological questions. London, 16 Feb 1881
  • (fols. 180-181) Darwin on the "animal passions"; the "carping spirit". London, 18 Feb 1881
  • (fols. 182-183) note to Waller on back of letter from British Museum acknowledging gift of shells from Gordon (see folio 156). London, [18 Feb 1881]
  • (fol. 184) Waller must order the "V.F." [Vanity Fair?] containing cartoon of Gordon (see folio 165) from a bookseller. London, 21 Feb 1881
  • (fol. 185) return of some books to his sister. London, 7 Mar 1881
  • (fols. 186-187) asks for letters from missionaries for his brother. Southampton, 9 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 188) asks for "Colvin's letter" to be sent to him. Southampton, 10 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 189) asks for same letter again. London, 11 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 190) arrangements for a meeting with Waller. London, 14 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 191) "Bethlehem" = "The house of flesh". London, 18 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 192) now finds it means "The house of lamb". London, 19 Mar 1881
  • (fol. 193) may go to Syria or the Cape. London, 7 Apr 1881
  • (fol. 194) "I am just on the balance whether to go to Cape or Syria". London, 12 Apr 1881
  • (fols. 195-196) is leaving for Beirut shortly. London, 15 Apr 1881
  • (fols. 197-198) he leaves for Syria on May 2. London, 21 Apr 1881
  • (fol. 199) can find nothing to do there; will try and go to Syria or Zanzibar instead. Mauritius, 9 Jul 1881
  • (fols. 200-201) is to go to Seychelles in September until end of October; idleness of military at Mauritius. Port Louis, Mauritius, 22 Aug 1881
  • (fols. 202-203) luxuriance of the island; can prove the Garden of Eden to have been situated near the Seychelles. Mauritius, 14 Dec 1881
  • (fols. 204-205) may go home by way of Zanzibar, asks for information as to sailings. Mauritius, 14 Mar 1882
  • (fol. 206) finds he will not be able to go to Zanzibar. Mauritius, 18 Mar 1882
  • (fol. 207) has accepted post of Commandant of Colonial Forces and leaves at once for Basutoland. Capetown, 13 May 1882
  • (fols. 208-209) likes the Cape; believes the dispute with the natives can be settled satisfactorily. Capetown, 20 Jul 1882
  • (fol. 201) on his way home; hopes to go out to Palestine almost at once; "cannot live in England". Madeira, 31 Oct 1882
  • (fols. 211-212) King Leopold will not be able to do anything with the Congo unless he gets jurisdiction over foreigners. Southampton, 9 Nov 1882
  • (fols. 213-214) abolition of R[oyal] N[avy] slave squadron at Zanzibar. Southampton, 18 Nov 1882
  • (fols. 215-216) are missionaries to be simply preachers of the Gospel, or are they to be "civilising agents" as well? Southampton, 16 Dec 1882
  • (fols. 217-220) theological questions; topography of Palestine. Jerusalem, 29 Jan 1883
  • (fols. 221-227) symbolism in the language of the Scriptures. Jerusalem, 8 Apr 1883
  • (fols. 228-229) Waller should not distress himself over events which he cannot control. Jerusalem, 23 May 1883
  • (fols. 230-233) War Office refuses permission for Gordon to enter the service of King Leopold; he will leave the army if Leopold will give him a pension of £500 per annum for life. Jaffa, 20 Nov 1883
  • (fols. 234-235) he is to see Leopold that night; will not go back to Egypt. Brussels, 2 Jan 1884
  • (fols. 236-237) he is to leave the army and enter Leopold's service on February 5. Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  • (fol. 238) he is to be at Southampton on the 7th and to leave on the 25th. Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  • (fol. 239) "K(irk?) knows all about refusal H.M.G." Brussels, 5 Jan 1884
  • (fol. 240) he will be in London from 18th to 25th. Southampton, 13 Jan 1884
  • (fol. 241) he is going to Brussels on 16th. Southampton, 13 Jan 1884
  • (fols. 242-245) sketches of Temple at Jerusalem; mem[orandum] by Waller on back, "made in the railway carriage as we went together to Dover on 16 Jan 1884". (16 Jan 1884)

Miscellaneous letters and fragments

  • (fol. 246) asks Waller to "get bearer before W.O." no date
  • (fol. 247) sends back a letter of Waller's, "for I wish I had not had it". no date
  • (fol. 248) map of Bahr-el-Ghazal. no date
  • (fol. 249) fragment of a letter from Colonel Strauch with message from Gordon to Waller on back. no date
  • (fols. 250-251) letter from Colonel Strauch to Gordon. King Leopold hopes to see him on his way back from Switzerland to England. Brussels, 27 Mar 1880
  • (fols. 252-253) Waller to "Captain George". Encloses notes from Gordon. 28 Nov 1874
  • (fols. 254-255) same to same. Asks him to add enclosed note to those he already has (meteorological notes, folio 29?). 20 Apr 1875
  • (fols. 256-257) Gordon to "Captain George". Suggests Watson should superintend reduction of maps. 22 Jan 1877
  • (fol. 258) copies of telegram and letter from Waller to Gordon. Waller suggests Gordon should defer his decision as to re-entering the Khedive's service for a week, so that he can think it over. 19 Jan 1877
  • (fols. 259-260) letter from Gordon's sister to Waller. The books about Gordon so far have all been failures. Southampton, 11 Apr 1883
  • (fols. 261-262) same to same. Gordon thinks of moving to Haifa. Southampton, 2 Jul 1883
  • (fols. 263-264) Montagu Butler to Waller. Thanks for loan of letters (from Gordon?). Cambridge, 21 Mar 1893
  • (fols. 265-275) ten empty envelopes addressed in Gordon's handwriting and one in his sister's
  • (fols. 276-277) facsimile of letter from Gordon to Watson. "I will never put foot in England again". Khartum, 26 Nov 1884
  • (fol. 278) same to same (facsimile). "I think the game is up". Khartum, 14 Dec 1884

C   Volume III: Miscellaneous


Volume III: Miscellaneous
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 3
1859-1893
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content:

All letters etc. are addressed to Waller, unless otherwise noted.

Letter from Waller and from Gerald Waller

  • (fols. 1-8) Waller to his parents. He is now homeward bound, description of journey so far. Mozambique, 26 Feb 1864
  • (fols. 9-33) Gerald Waller to [Horace Waller?]. Lacks page 1 and all after page 24. Description of voyage from Zanzibar to Mozambique via Majunga and back

Letters from Sir John Kirk

  • (fols. 34-35) Livingstone's illness. [Chibisa's?], 7 May 1863
  • (fols. 36-37) botanical specimens for Mr. Lee; the U.M.C.A. Zanzibar, 4 Jul 1868
  • (fols. 38-39) murder of Shergold Smith; Roger Price and the tsetse fly. Zanzibar, 3 Mar 1878
  • (fols. 40-49) Mackinnon concession, gift by Government to the Sultan of Zanzibar; H. M. Stanley. Zanzibar, 5 Mar 1878
  • (fols. 50-51) no one could have done more towards securing the concession than Gerald Waller, the delay fatal to it. Zanzibar, 31 May 1878
  • (fols. 52-57) change of government at home; the slave trade; Foster, the judge of the Vice-Consular Court. Zanzibar, 17 Oct 1878
  • (fols. 58-63) revival of slave trade; his position in relation to the Sultan; personnel employed on Mackinnon's road. Zanzibar, 14 Nov 1878

Letters from Rev. C. A. Alington

  • (fol. 64) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 19 Sep [1863]
  • (fol. 65) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 2 Nov [1863]
  • (fol. 66) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 28 Nov [1863]
  • (fol. 67) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 1 Dec 1863
  • (fols. 68-69) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 15 Dec 1863
  • (fol. 70) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 21 Dec [1863]
  • (fols. 71-72) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 26 Dec 1863
  • (fol. 73) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 1 Jan 1864
  • (fol. 74) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 7 Jan [1864]
  • (fol. 75) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. 22 Jan 1864
  • (fols. 76-83) life at the U.M.C.A. mission and miscellaneous news of it. Undated fragments. [1863-1864]
  • (fols. 84-90) journey from the coast; arrival at Vuga; reception by Kimweri. Vuga, 14 Mar 1868

Letters from Bishop Chauncy Maples

  • (fols. 91-95) thanks for sympathy; "the establishment of released slaves at Mbweni a great mistake." Masasi, 5 Apr [1883]
  • (fols. 96-101) removal of mission from Masasi. Masasi, 20 Jun 1883
  • (fols. 102-105) Waller's scheme for a "city of refuge". Masasi, 4 Jul 1883
  • (fols. 106-109) account of new station. Newala, 29 Jul 1883
  • (fols. 110-111) settlement for released slaves. Newala, 8 Sep 1883

Letters from Henry Waghorn

  • (fol. 112) is going to vaccinate a boy. 14 Dec [1862 or 1863?]
  • (fols. 113-114) sends some books
  • (fols. 115-116) glad to hear he is recovering from illness; Alington ill
  • (fol. 117) where is the pocket case of instruments?

Letters from Bishop Mackenzie

  • (fols. 118-119) makes appointment for meeting. Ely, 11 Nov 1859
  • (fols. 120-121) to Waller? Makes another appointment. London, 23 Nov 1859
  • (fols. 122-123) to Procter. Arrival of Burrup, Dickinson and Clark. [ca. Nov 1861]
  • (fols. 124-125) Frederic Elton to W. Rhodes. "Runs up to Zanzibar for a day or two"; local news. Mozambique, 30 Apr 1877
  • (fols. 126-127) same to same. Publication of his book (Travels and Researches among the Lakes and Mountains of Central Africa). Mazaro, R[iver] Zambesi, 16 Jul 1877
  • (fols. 128-129) H. Rowley to Waller. Reports his arrival at the station the previous day and the situation there. The Kongone, 17 Aug 1863
  • (fols. 130-131) same to same. Sharing out sheep and goats
  • (fols. 132-136) W. P. Johnson to Waller. Remarks on the attack upon Masasi; desirability of having a steamer on the Lake. Near Magomero, 3 Aug 1883
  • (fols. 137-142) same to same. Situation on Lake Nyasa. Kalonga's, 4-8 Apr 1883
  • (fols. 143-144) J. A. Blair to A. Adams. News of the mission. 17 Aug 1863
  • (fol. 145) same to Livingstone. War between Ajawa and Manganja. Chibisa's, 21 Apr [1862]
  • (fol. 146) A. Adams to Waller. Reports he is all right
  • (fol. 147) same to Waghorn. Sends a patient to him; his sympathies. On back: Waller to A[dams], sends two basins and a brass rod
  • (fol. 148) [Bishop] Steere to Waller. Sends sugar and flour
  • (fol. 149) Bishop Tozer to Waller. Sends rice, asks for several things to be sent up. Chichama's, 19 Sep 1863
  • (fols. 150-151) C. Livingstone to Waller. Wants to transfer to a consulate in America. Hamilton, 3 Oct 1868
  • (fols. 152-155) C. E. Foot to Waller. Importance of definition and limitation of Portuguese territory. Blantyre (Nyasaland), 13 Feb 1884
  • (fols. 156-157) health of his companions. Milnarango, 7 Apr 1863
  • (fols. 158-159) E. D. Young to Waller. Not surprised at decision to move the mission. Pioneer, Materi, 20 Nov [1862]
  • (fols. 160-161) A. L. Bruce to Waller. Apologises for delays in returning letters lent to Blaikie; jealousy between missionaries. Edinburgh, 16 Aug 1880
  • (fols. 162-163) T. F. Lightfoot to Waller. [Chinsoro?] and Uriah are to go with Faulkner's party. Capetown, 19 Aug 1868
  • (fols. 164-165) J. Carr to Waller. News of Waller's family. Warnford Court, 2 Nov 1860
  • (fols. 166-167) Chuma to Waller. Thanks for money sent him by Waller. (Bombay), 21 Nov [1865]
  • (fol. 168) description by Waller of:
  • (fols. 169-176) six letters from Zakariah the Kangao, Samberah Mackay, and Sekibobo to [Lord] Lugard, 1891-1893
  • (fols. 177-194) fragments of letters and of Waller's journal
  • (fols. 195-206) twelve envelopes

D   Volumes IV-V: Diaries


Volumes IV-V: Diaries
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 4-5
1849-1874
Extent: 32 items

Scope and Content:

Volume IV contains numbers 1-18, Volume V numbers 19-32. Numbers 14 and 15 are apparently not Waller's diaries; they relate to Natal. The series 1-12, 16 is consecutive (information from a researcher, 1989).

  • (no. 1) sketches. 1849
  • (no. 2) sketches. [1851?]
  • (no. 3) diary and miscellaneous notes. 1856-1857
  • (no. 4) diary. Oct-Dec 1860
  • (no. 5) diary. 1 Jan-12 Jul 1861
  • (no. 6) diary. 16 Jul-12 Nov 1861
  • (no. 7) diary. 11 Nov 1861-5 Feb 1862
  • (no. 8) miscellaneous notes. 1861
  • (no. 9) miscellaneous notes. 1861
  • (no. 10) diary. 6 Feb-18 Mar 1862
  • (no. 11) diary. 19 Mar-1 Jun 1862
  • (no. 12) diary. 1 Jun-5 Oct 1862
  • (no. 13) diary. 6 Oct-15 Nov 1862
  • (no. 14) diary. 14 Oct-6 Nov 1862
  • (no. 15) diary. 6 Nov-27 Dec 1862
  • (no. 16) diary. 17 Nov 1862-23 Feb 1863
  • (no. 17) diary. 27 Feb 1862-23 Feb 1863
  • (no. 18) diary. 19 May-16 Jul 1863
  • (no. 19) diary. 17 Jul 1863-14 Apr 1864
  • (no. 20) miscellaneous notes and sketches. 1863
  • (no. 21) miscellaneous notes and sketches. 1863
  • (no. 22) miscellaneous notes and sketches. 1863
  • (no. 23) miscellaneous notes and sketches. 1864
  • (no. 24) notes from Chuma and Susi on Livingstone's last journey. 1865-1874
  • (no. 25) miscellaneous notes. 1866
  • (no. 26) miscellaneous notes. 1866
  • (no. 27) miscellaneous notes on trip to U.S.A. 1866
  • (no. 28) miscellaneous notes on trip to U.S.A. 1866
  • (no. 29) miscellaneous notes on trip to U.S.A. 1866
  • (no. 30) miscellaneous notes. 1867
  • (no. 31) miscellaneous notes. 1867
  • (no. 32) vocabulary of Manganja language

E   Volumes VI-VIII: Proofs of Livingstone's Last Journals


Volumes VI: Proofs of Livingstone's Last Journals
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 6
[1874]
Extent: 1 box
Note: The date was added when the catalogue was published online in 2013.

Volumes VII: Proofs of Livingstone's Last Journals
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 7
[1874]
Extent: 1 box
Note: The date was added when the catalogue was published online in 2013.

Volumes VIII: Proofs of Livingstone's Last Journals
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 8
[1874]
Extent: 1 box
Note: The date was added when the catalogue was published online in 2013.

F   Volume IX: Maps, Sketches, etc.


Volume IX: Maps, Sketches, etc.
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 9
[1874-1884]
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-8) press cuttings relating to Livingstone, Stanley, etc.
  • (fol. 9) map of Africa presented to Waller by Gordon. 16 Jan 1884
  • (fol. 10) manuscript map of East Africa showing travels of Roscher, Speke, etc.
  • (fol. 11) manuscript map of Shire River and Lake Shirwa with notes by Livingstone
  • (fol. 12) manuscript map of south end of Lake Nyasa and Lake Shirwa by Livingstone
  • (fol. 13) photograph of Chuma and Susi at Newstead Abbey
  • (fol. 14) photograph of Chuma and Susi, Agnes and Oswell Livingstone, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, and Waller at Newstead Abbey
  • (fols. 15-29) sketches by Waller, mostly for Livingstone's Last Journals
  • (fol. 30) photograph of S. S. Malwa
  • (fols. 31-36) three copies of the Khedive Ismail's decree for the suppression of the slave trade, 14 Aug 1877, with notes by Gordon
  • (fols. 37-66) sketches and photographs by Waller (folios 47-52 identified by a researcher as Stanley's sketches, except folio 50, for ill[ustrations] to 1st edition of How I found Livingstone)
  • (fols. 67-75) proofs of illustrations to Livingstone's Last Journals
  • (fols. 76-87) copy of the Illustrated London News for 25 Apr 1874, giving account of Livingstone's funeral

G   Volume X: Gordon's Map of Palestine


Volume X: Gordon's Map of Palestine
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 16 / 10
1880-1886
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content:

Map of Western Palestine in 26 Sheets from Surveys Conducted for The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund by Lieutenants C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, R. E., During the Years 1872-1877 (London: 1880).

The volume is inscribed "These maps were the property of my Brother, General Gordon, and given by me to the Revd. Horace Waller. January 13, 1886" (unsigned).

Note: The Scope and Content was added when the catalogue was published online in 2013.

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