Britain and the Congo in the Nineteenth Century

Britain and the Congo in the Nineteenth Century

Britain and the Congo in the Nineteenth Century

Britain and the Congo in the Nineteenth Century

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I am anxious to acknowledge a number of debts of gratitude.

To the Librarians of the School of Oriental & African Studies, of University College, Ibadan, of the Durham Colleges, of Cambridge University, of the Institute of Historical Research, of the Bodleian, of Rhodes House, of the Scottish National Library and of the Bibliothèque Royale, Brussels and their staffs I should like to express deep appreciation of a variety of services and kindnesses. The officers and attendants of the Public Record Office and British Museum have been extremely helpful, whilst M.P-H. Desneux and the archive staff of the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Brussels greatly facilitated my research on a number of occasions. The Secretary of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce kindly allowed me to examine the relevant portions of the Chamber's records, whilst the late J. Arthur Hutton and in more recent days Rear-Admiral R. M. J. Hutton gave me all possible help in my inquiries about J. F. Hutton. Col. J. W. C. Kirk kindly permitted me to examine portions of his father's papers and the Chief Archivist of the Central African Archives arranged for a portion of the Johnston papers to be microfilmed and sent me (they are now in the possession of the Royal Commonwealth Society).

At an earlier stage of this work, the Senate of University College, Ibadan awarded me a sabbatical term. I also gratefully acknowledge a number of grants from the Durham Colleges Research Fund.

I owe a very great deal to the guidance of Dr. R. E. Robinson, the late Dr. E. C. Martin, and Professor K. O. Dike. Professor J. Stengers of the Université Libre, Brussels has given me immense help, both in discussion and in assisting me to find my way amongst the Belgian archives, and Dr. Roland Oliver, as well as giving much helpful advice, undertook the labour of reading the manuscript at two different stages of this work, made numerous most helpful comments, and, altogether, has given me invaluable guidance. It will be evident to the reader that the Mackinnon Papers have been of particular importance . . .

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