Moffat, Robert

Life and Labours of Robert Moffat by William Walters

Another biography of Robert Moffat to add to the resources listed here. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

William Walters, Life and Labours of Robert Moffatt William Walters, Life and Labours of Robert Moffatt. London: Walter Scott, Ltd., 1882. Hbk. pp.336. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. First Christian Missions to South Africa – Moravians – Dr. Vanderkemp
  2. Moffat’s Immediate Predecessors – Condition of the Bushmen
  3. Moffat’s Early Life – Call to Mission Work – Consecration
  4. The Missionary’s Designation – Departure – Entrance on Work – Dutch Farmers
  5. Residence at Africaner’s Kraal – Discomfort and Loneliness
  6. Travelling in the Interior – Lions – Thirst–Riding on Oxen
  7. Scenes in Namaqua Land – Cruelty to the Aged – Mode of Living
  8. Visit to Griqua Town – Crow and Tortoise – The Orange River – Poisoned Water
  9. History and Character of Africaner – Africaner and the Dutch Farmer – Africaner at Cape Town – His Death
  10. The Bechuana Mission – Moffat’s Marriage – Bechuana Tribes and Customs
  11. Increased Dangers at Lithako – The Rain-maker – Moffat’s Courage
  12. Invasion of the Manlatees – Kuruman Fountain – Visit to Cape Town
  13. Moffat’s Visit to the Chief Makaba – Mrs. Moffat’s Danger and Deliverance
  14. First Years at Kuruman – Locusts – Visit to the Barolongs – Formation of Native Church
  15. Kuruman under the Influence of the Gospel – Houses and Gardens – Sunday at Kuruman – Successes
  16. Moselekatse and the Matabele – Moffat’s Visit to Moselekatse – Houses in Trees – Ruined Villages
  17. Varied Experiences – Visit to Cape Town – Mamonyatsi – Moshen – A Singing Class
  18. Translations and the Printing Press – Influence of the Bible
  19. Visit to England – Return to Africa – Encouragement
  20. Sechele, Chief of the Bakwena – Kolobeng – Liteyana
  21. Second and Third Visits to Moselekatse – Supplies for Livingstone – Liberation of Macheng
  22. Matabele and Makololo Mission – Missionaries Settle among the Matabele – Dreadful Disaster to Mr. and Mrs. Helmore and Family – Mr. Price’s Calamity
  23. Changes at Kuruman – Bereavements – The Station Visited by Drought – John Moffat assists his Father – Moffat’s Influence
  24. Retirement from the Mission Field – Port Elizabeth – Cape Town – Welcome Home
  25. Fruitful and Honourable Age – Enthusiastic Reception in Exeter Hall – Testimonial from Friends – Speeches – Magazine Papers
  26. Elements of Character – Philanthropy – Courage – Spirit of Adventure – Adaptation to Circumstances – Comprehensive View of his Work – Mechanical Ingenuity – Perseverance – Love for the People – Devotion to Christ
  27. Other African Missions: Wesleyan – Free Church of Scotland – Paris Society – Rhenish Society – Berlin Society – American Board – Society of Friends – Moravians – Universities’ Mission – Baptist – Basle – United Methodist Free Church – Missions in Egypt and Central Africa
  28. General Survey of Missions throughout the World – Progress of Christianity: India, China, Japan, Burmah, Polynesia, Madagascar, New Hebrides, New Guinea, West Indies, Ottoman Empire, Indian Archipelago – Testimonies of Travellers – Faith in Missions

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