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ROBERT MOFFAT (1795-1883)

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ROBERT MOFFAT (1795-1883)

Autograph letter signed to 'Mr Sidebottom' (of Messrs Leese, Kershaw & Company, Manchester), 6 Walworth Terrace, Walworth, 25 February 1840, 3 pages, 4to (seal tear with loss of part of two words), integral address panel; [with:] with a carte-de-visite portrait photograph of Moffat, by Elliot & Fry.

Moffat forwards payment for an order made by his wife on behalf of a missionary brother, referring to his progress in the printing of 'the New Testament in the Bechuana Language ... I have just taken one sheet to the Press (24 Pages) and another is before me', and the demands made on his time by preaching commitments in London - 'London folks will not be said, No. & yet their collections are in general small compared to country folks'; he is 'a little annoyed' at accusations that congregations in Manchester are 'conniving at the "Slave Trade"', ending with a note 'I have written this at Mrs M's request after i was too fatigued & sleepy to attend to correcting the Press'. Moffat was in London from 1839 to 1843, in between missionary expeditions, chiefly to work on his translations. It was in London in 1840 that he met David Livingstone, who was to marry his eldest daughter, four years later. (2)
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