Letters (MS 47782a)

Material Information

Letters (MS 47782a)
Series Title:
Taylor Papers : Swahili letters
Omar bin Bwana ( Author, Primary )
Mbaruk, bin Rashid bin Salim el Mazrui, Sheik of Mombasa, 1860-1895 ( contributor )
Sulayman bin Muhammad al-Shaqsi ( contributor )
Publication Date:
Paper ( medium )
Handwritten manuscript : Old handwritten page collated into a larger page and bound in a book with red and gold cover.


Subjects / Keywords:
Africa, East ( LCSH )
East Africa
Christianity ( LCSH )
Missionary work
Imperialism ( LCSH )
Slavery ( LCSH )
Slavery ( LCSH )
Jones, William Henry
al-Sultan Mandara Sultan of Chaga
Correspondence ( LCTGM )
Personal correspondence ( LCGFT )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Eastern Africa -- Mombasa
-4.05466 x 39.66359


In this section of MS 47782 there are first four envelopes addressed to Taylor without the related letters. One envelope is addressed to the Giryama area where Taylor was staying. These are followed by two letters to Taylor from respectively Omar bin Bwana, offering congratulations for the birth of Taylor’s son, and from Sulayman bin Muhammad bin Rashid al-Shaqsi, both dated 1895. In between the two letters, there is a short note, dated AD1885 (AH 1302), from Mbaruk bin Rashid bin Salim to Fundi William, a former slave who became a blacksmith under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society. Fundi William became deacon responsible for the CMS station at Rabai, and was then ordained priest in 1895. Then, there is a long letter from the colonial officer Charles Euan-Smith to the Sultan of Chaga, al-Sultan Mandara, dated AD1888 (AH 1306). Mr Euan-Smith, British Consul-General in Zanzibar, writes in Swahili using Arabic script, however with some errors, for instance, he says ‘katika Unguja’ (in Zanzibar) rather than the correct form ‘Unguja’ (meaning ‘in’ Zanzibar). On the Other hand, the scripts are very clearly written and the reading is better than in the Other letters of this section. In this letter, Mr Euan-Smith tells the Sultan that their friendship is important to him, and the he will help him. He also informs him that two missionaries will travel to Taveta, and ask for assistance for them. ( en )
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Date of Composition: 1885, 1895 AD (1302, 1312 A.H.)
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Languages: Swahili (Arabic script)
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Dialects: KiMvita
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Extent: 3 leaves
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Incipit: Envelopes addressed to Taylor.
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Archival history: The letters were collated into the present volume by Hichens
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VIAF (name authority) : Mbaruk, bin Rashid bin Salim el Mazrui, Sheik of Mombasa, 1860-1895 : URI
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Mombasa
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Kilifi County -- Giryama land
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Tanzania -- Zanzibar
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Taita-Taveta County -- Taveta
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Donated by Mrs E. Hichens, 19 June 1945
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Publication information: Yahya, A Omar & Frankl, P. 1994. Swahili Letters from the Taylor papers (being a study of SOAS MS 47769 & MS 47782). in South African Journal of African Languages, 14 (1), pp. 2-11.
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Publication information: Yahya, A Omar & Frankl, P. 2001. 14th/19th century Swahili letters from the Taylor papers (Part 3: being fifteen items in SOAS MS 53826). in South African Journal of African Languages, 15 (1), pp. 17-24
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Publication information: Morton, F. 1990. Children of Ham. Freed Slaves and Fugitive Slaves on the Kenya Coast, 1837-1907. Ch. 5: Westview Presss, Boulder

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is believed to be in the public domain
Resource Identifier:
MS 47782 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 47782a ( SOAS manuscript number )