Religion Is Not Of The Theoretical Kind, But It Is A Constant,
Earnest, Sincere Practice.
It is neither demonstrative nor loud,
but manifests itself in a quiet, practical way, and is always at
It is not aggressive, which sometimes is troublesome, if
not impertinent. In him, religion exhibits its loveliest features;
it governs his conduct not only towards his servants, but towards
the natives, the bigoted Mohammedans, and all who come in contact
with him. Without it, Livingstone, with his ardent temperament,
his enthusiasm, his high spirit and courage, must have become
uncompanionable, and a hard master. Religion has tamed him, and
made him a Christian gentleman: the crude and wilful have been
refined and subdued; religion has made him the most companionable
of men and indulgent of masters - a man whose society is pleasurable.
In Livingstone I have seen many amiable traits. His gentleness
never forsakes him; his hopefulness never deserts him. No
harassing anxieties, distraction of mind, long separation from home
and kindred, can make him complain. He thinks "all will come out
right at last;" he has such faith in the goodness of Providence.
The sport of adverse circumstances, the plaything of the miserable
beings sent to him from Zanzibar - he has been baffled and
worried, even almost to the grave, yet he will not desert the
charge imposed upon him by his friend, Sir Roderick Murchison.
To the stern dictates of duty, alone, has he sacrificed his home
and ease, the pleasures, refinements, and luxuries of civilized
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