Of Their Friendly Faces Shall I See Again?
On the 29th, the steamer `Africa,' belonging to the German
Consulate, was chartered by a party of five of us, and we
departed from Zanzibar to Seychelles, with the good wishes
of almost all the European residents on the island.
We arrived at Seychelles on the 9th of June, about twelve hours
after the French mail had departed for Aden. As there is only
monthly communication between Mahe (Seychelles) and Aden, we
were compelled to remain on the island of Mahe one month.
My life in Mahe is among the most agreeable things connected with
my return from Africa. I found my companions estimable gentlemen,
and true Christians. Mr. Livingstone exhibited many amiable traits
of character, and proved himself to be a studious, thoughtful,
earnest man. When at last the French steamer came from Mauritius,
there was not one of our party who did not regret leaving the
beautiful island, and the hospitable British officers who were
stationed there. The Civil Commissioner, Mr. Hales Franklyn,
and Dr. Brooks, did their utmost to welcome the wanderer, and
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the many civilities
I personally received from them.
At Aden, the passengers from the south were transferred on board
the French mail steamer, the `Mei-kong,' en route from China to
Marseilles. At the latter port I was received with open arms by
Dr. Hosmer and the representative of the `Daily Telegraph,' and
was then told how men regarded the results of the Expedition;
but it was not until I arrived in England that I realised it.
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