Account of ocean crossing and arrival in South Africa. Has landed in Cape Town because Natal is in turmoil, with Dingane attacking the corrupt white men there; trouble further south with the Kaffirs [i.e. Xhosas] and Boers. Using the time to prepare for mission work, learn the language. Information from other missionaries: "Dingian... is a more important man than we had supposed. He is the most powerful chief of all the tribes in South A. and his tribe doubtless the largest." Warm reception by people ion Cape Town; life and conditions in South Africa.