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PRE FACE.

It is not without considerable anxiety and reluctance that this volume is submitted to the public. Having contributed

my

botanical notes, drawings, and meteorological registers to Captain Speke, I never dreamt of a separate publication. My Journal, however, was a very copious one, daily entries having been made during our expedition; and some personal friends seeing these notes, conceived that a selection from them, describing domestic scenes in Central Africa, might not be unacceptable. The geographical part of the expedition, and its brilliant result, had been fully treated by my lamented fellow-traveller ; but further details as to the ordinary life and pursuits, the habits and feelings of the natives, and the products of the country, appeared likely to possess a certain degree of interest, if not of value. This opinion was entertained by Captain Speke himself, who addressed

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