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Whether Philip’s former congregation opposed his forceful support of the Africans against Boer tyranny or only his equally strongly held views on the management of London Missionary Society affairs in Africa is unclear, but he was certainly so unpopular that he been compelled to resign. When his young visitor was invited to speak from the pulpit, he succeeded in alienating the congregation yet further. For a brief moment it seemed that Ross might agree to take on the ministry of the New Union Chapel and remain in the city, but to Livingstone’s disappointment this was not to be.
Nor did Livingstone appreciate his worth in African eyes as a mender, and perhaps a giver, of guns, and as a valuable diplomatic tool in relations between one tribe and another, or black men and Boers. Sekhomi himself was the great-great-grandfather of Sir Seretse Khama, the distinguished ﬁrst president of Botswana, as their country became in 1966. In 1842 Sekhomi’s town was the biggest Bechuanan settlement Livingstone had seen, including some 600 houses. The inhabitants were suffering from a serious lion problem, and Sekhomi insisted on supplying his distinguished visitor with a guard for the shortest of walks.
12 He and Edwards decided to wait no longer but start to set up a new mission station at a place they had selected named Mabotsa, 220 miles from Kuruman and close to where Mafeking was later built. They left at the end of August so that they could do much of the work before the hot weather in October. By good fortune the Bakhatla had independently decided to move to the same area at the same time, and the two missionaries bought the land they wished to build on from the Bakhatla, a formality which they saw as more important than did the tribesmen themselves.
David Livingstone by Meriel Buxton (auth.)