Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

200 
MEMORIES OF MY LIFE 
brought back, as purely his own work, a most 
elaborate account of all the tribes he had met by 
the way, the close accuracy of which has been testified 
to by succeeding travellers. Only one of his numerous 
notebooks came under my own careful examination, 
as already mentioned, and I was astonished at its 
minuteness. I may mention the occasion, which was 
this. 
The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 
were considering the propriety of establishing a 
mission station at Zanzibar, and desired fuller 
information about the island than they possessed. 
In the end they invited me to give a lecture, to which 
I consented, after talking with Burton, who had been 
asked and refused, but who very kindly offered me 
the full use of his original notebook written when in 
Zanzibar. An elaborate account which he had based 
on it for publication had been lost. I had no first¬ 
hand information about the place, but had known 
Erhardt and others who knew it well, so was able 
to compile a respectable description, which was 
published in the Mission Field, June i, 1861. 
The notes made by Burton were written in a fine 
clear hand and most elaborate in detail. He told me 
that he often used a board with parallel wires, such as 
are made for the use of the blind, to write notes, 
unseen, in the night-time. 
The next expedition was under Captain Speke, 
with whom Captain Grant (1827-1892) was associ¬ 
ated. They were to take up the quest at the 
point on the Victoria Nyanza where Speke had 
reached it, and to travel onwards. This was done, 
and I may say that the attachment of Grant to
        

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