These Seventy Years: Autobiography of Thomas Lewis

Picture of Thomas Lewis [1859-1929]
Thomas Lewis [1859-1929]

Thomas Lewis served with the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) in Africa in the areas known today as Cameroon, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this pulic domain book available for digitisation.

Thomas Lewis [1859-1929], These Seventy Years. An Autobiography. London: The Carey Press, 1930. Hbk. pp.300. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. Early Years
  2. At College
  3. Before the Candidate Committee
  4. Sailing For Africa
  5. Along the West African Coast
  6. Vixtoria and its Peoples
  7. My First Christmas in Africa
  8. Germany Annexes Cameroons
  9. Lasts Days in Cameroons
  10. My First Furlough
  11. First Voyage up the Congo River
  12. San Salvador and the First Baptisms
  13. Mostly Concerning Colleagues
  14. The King’s Golden Necklace
  15. Developments of the Native Church
  16. Building a Mission Station
  17. Pioneering in Zomboland
  18. Moving the Tent
  19. Travels from Kibokolo
  20. Difficulties and Setbacks
  21. A Critical Period
  22. Further Travels
  23. Changes
  24. Kimpese and the Valley of the Shadow
  25. Unsettled Days and the Return to Kimpese
  26. A Fresh Start at Kibokolo
  27. “The Stones of Kibokolo”
  28. Reflections
  29. Nkand’a Nzambi—Book of God
  30. Final Words
  • Index

Garenganze – or Seven Years Pioneer Mission Work in Central Africa

Frederick Stanley Arnot [1858-1914], Garenganze; or, Seven Years Pioneer Mission Work in Central Africa, 3rd edn.Frederick Stanley Arnot [1858-1914] is remembered for his pioneering missionary work in Angola, Zambia, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo among the Garenganze people. He also did much during his furloughs in England both to recruit new workers and to ensure their support. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Frederick Stanley Arnot [1858-1914], Garenganze; or, Seven Years Pioneer Mission Work in Central Africa, 3rd edn. London: James E. Hawkins, [1889]. Hbk. pp.276. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


Introduction by A.T. Pierson, of Philadelphia

  1. On the Way to the Zambesi
  2. Among the Barotze
  3. From the Zambesi to Benguella
  4. From Benguella to Garenganze
  5. Stay at Garenhanze
  6. The Garenganze Kingdom and People
  7. Return Journey


Mr Arnot’s Fellow-laborers
M. Coillard’s Labours in the Barotse Valley
Lake Bangweolo and Surrounding Country –
Dr. Livingstone’s Description
M. Giraud’s

Map of West Central Africa

Introduction by A.T. Pierson

This story of seven years of pioneer mission work in the heart of the Dark Continent is another fulfilment of that sagacious prediction of Victor Hugo, that in the twentieth century Africa is to be the cynosure of all eyes.

Mr. Arnot has given us no ambitious narrative. It is, in the etymological sense, homely, for it is a son’s letter to his mother and the home group; and it is a story of strictly pioneer work, for he undertook to cross the continent on foot. The journey, undertaken in an apostolic spirit, was marked by that savour of the supernatural which is so sweet to a believer; as when, for example, in a terrible thunderstorm, an electric ball fell crashing at his feet with the sound and shock of a cannon’s shot, and yet left him unharmed; or, as when, in repeated instances, food and water were found to relieve extreme hunger and thirst just at the crisis when the believing prayer had been offered. [Continue reading]

Flaming Torch in Darkest Africa by Bishop William Taylor

William Taylor [1821-1902], The Flaming Torch in Darkest AfricaWilliam Taylor [1821-1902] was missionary bishop of Africa from 1884 to 1896. This book attempts to provide a history of Africa from earliest times until the end of the Nineteenth Century. It includes a description of the exploratory work of David Livingstone, native religions and the progress of missionary work in the Nineteenth Century. There are numerous unique photographs and images. These and the large format of book make the download quite large (29MB). My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

William Taylor [1821-1902], The Flaming Torch in Darkest Africa. New York: Eaton & Mains, 1898. Hbk. pp.675. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


List of Illustrations

First Division

The Dark Land
Ancient Africa
The Invasions of Islam

Second Division

The Portuguese and Dutch
England and France Explore Africa
An African Association
Mungo Park
Horneman, Campbell, Tuckey,etc.
The New Era
About Lake Tchad
In Campbell’s Footsteps

Third Division

Livingstone’s Discoveries
Stanley’s Discoveries

Fourth Division

Islam and the Natives
Commercial and Domestic
The Kaffirs a Century Ago
Native Religion and Fetichism
Worship of the Yorubas
Human Sacrifices
Cruel Native Tyrants – Uganda’s Despot and Sepopo
Sacrified to Crocodiles
The Zulus and “Judicial” Murders
Religious Supersititions in Garenganze
The Legendary Lore
Folk Takes of Angola

Fifth Division

To a Sure Foundation
Apostolic and Early Modern Missions
Christianizing Wild Tribes
Increase of the Advancing Host
Scotch Missions and Methods
Abyssinia and Uganda
Triumphs in Madagascar
The Gospel in Mohammedan Centers
Land of the White Man’s Grave
The Gospel on the Gold Coast
Missions West and Southwest
Light in the Valley of the Congo
The Gospel in South Central Africa
Mission to Garenganze
Methodist Industrial Missions
Practical Principals of Self-Support
Fate of the First Party
The Church in the Wilderness
Missionary Heroes and Heroines
Heroes of the Congo
Early Days of the Republic of Liberia
Heathen Tribes on the Cavalla
Advance up the Sinoe River
Kroo Coast Experiences
The Gospel in Tonga
The Torch in a Strong Hand
My Latest Evangelistic Tour

Sixth Division

Africa’s Partition and Promise
Dr. Ravenstein’s Political Division of Africa in1893
Africa: Present and Future
Africa’s People and Languages
The Open Sore
The Mines at Kimberley
Retribution and Restitution