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Dreams Of Home part 05

Dreams Of Home part 05

Composer: Reichardt, Alexander

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: H.1653.d.(23.)

Item number: Tract (23.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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This song was dedicated to the memory of Dr Livingstone the explorer. It was apparently written in response to Dr Livingstone's last reported comment that he missed Scotland (although he could never actually be persuaded to leave Africa and died there). Livingstone was born in Blantyre in 1813 and travelled through Africa not only as an explorer but also as a missionary, highlighting the horrors of the slave trade. He was presumed lost on his last trip to find the source of the Nile and it was a reporter from the New York Herald, Mr H M Stanley, who eventually found him and uttered the immortal words 'Dr Livingstone I presume'. Livingstone became a national hero.

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