The Congo: And the Founding of Its Free State: a Story of Work and Exploration - Vol. 2

The Congo: And the Founding of Its Free State: a Story of Work and Exploration - Vol. 2

Read FREE!

The Congo: And the Founding of Its Free State: a Story of Work and Exploration - Vol. 2

The Congo: And the Founding of Its Free State: a Story of Work and Exploration - Vol. 2

Read FREE!

Excerpt

A wise Englishman has said that pure impulses and noble purposes have been oftener thwarted by the devil under the name of Quixotism than by any other insinuating phrase of obstruction. In 1878 that word was flung in my teeth several times, especially by Manchester men. If I delivered a speech or a lecture, or wrote a letter, about the probabilities of success attending a judiciously conducted enterprise in Africa, a Manchester editor, or a Manchester merchant, almost invariably taunted me with being a "dreamer," a "Quixotic journalist," or a mere "penny-a-liner." I do not quarrel with the phrases, but I certainly deprecate the uses to which they were applied. The charge of Quixotism, being directed against my mission, deterred many noble men in Manchester from studying the question of new markets, and deepened unjustly their prejudices against Africa and African projects.

In the Daily Telegraph of November 12, 1877, the . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.