1854 June 23
Umvoti (South Africa) - Have just returned from an yearly meeting of missionaries. Children are well. Rode to see a dead elephant, killed by the natives. Have heard of an English lady who wishes to come among them.
1845 Nov. 10
Umvoti (South Africa) - Has been doing well, but warm weather makes him feel his age. Thanks for the package for goods from home: "We frequently now have an apple pie, as you do in yankee town... Sometimes stued fruit with sweet cream on it."
1853 Oct. 22
Umvoti (South Africa) - Often thinks the government under which they live inferior to that at home. Religion at a low ebb: "what is perhaps worse among us, when our members become cold hearted they give up to their old sins having no restraints of character to keep them, they turn just like the dog to his vomit, and the washed sow to her wallowing in the mire. We have had a few such cases, though not more... more
1841 June 23
Inkanyezi (South Africa) - Have moved to Inkanyezi, living in a hut supplied by the natives. Has commenced planting; am in good country though surrounded by wild beasts: elephants, buffaloes, hippos, lions, tigers, hyenas. People are friendly and show "a commendable disposition to attend meeting upon the Sabbath... We see nothing to fear from the people but much to be thankful for." EAting mostly Indian corn... more
1853 Oct. 20
Umvoti (South Africa) - Has had daguerreotypes taken by a Norwegian missionary, including of the family; sends them home.
1863 Feb. 14
Umvoti (South Africa) - Encouraging the Tylers to pursue missionary work; Mrs. Tyler's brother has been drafted for the war at home. Oriana and Humphrey may wish they were back in Africa, "but we did what seemed to be our duty in sending them, & we must leave the event to God." Interesting week of meetings and prayer, though facing a setback when Umqiko, one of their first converts and father ... more
1844 Apr. 16
Cape Town (South Africa) - Grout and Charlotte are doing well. Has received a temporary appointment from the Cape government as missionary to the natives of Natal; hopes to leave for Natal.
1863 Apr. 30
Umvoti (South Africa) - Sorrow to hear of loss of Mrs. Perry's son. Visit to the Tylers by ox cart. One person united with the church at communion this month; others were advised to wait: "it seems necessary among this people that they wait longer than among civilized people, so many of them turn back to heathenism."