The Autobiography Of Sir Henry Morton Stanley

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"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: David Livingstone (1813-1873), a Scottish missionary and explorer in Africa, entered the wilds of Tanganyika and Nyasa, in South Africa, whence no word had come of him since 1867. In 1869, Stanley, a correspondent for the New York Herald, was sent by Gordon Bennett, proprietor of the paper, to search for Livingstone. He organized an expedition at Zanzibar, dispatching it in five groups in March, 1871. Stanley's party met success on November 10, 1871, at Ujiji, on Lake Tanganyika, where he approached the explorer and asked the question which has since become famous.

. . . I walked up to him, and, doffing my helmet, bowed and said
in an inquiring tone,–
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Smiling cordially, he lifted his cap, and answered briefly, "Yes."
This ending all scepticism on my part, my face betrayed the
earnestness of my satisfaction as I extended my hand and
added,–
"I thank God, Doctor, that I have been permitted to see you."