Letters to Taylor (MS 47782b)

Material Information

Letters to Taylor (MS 47782b)
Series Title:
Taylor Papers : Swahili letters
Mwidani bin Mwidadi al-Jomvu ( Author, Primary )
Abdallah bin Muhammad bin Juma ( contributor )
bin Khamis, Hussain ( contributor )
Sikujua, Mwalimu ( contributor )
Sulayman bin Muhammad bin Rashid al-Shaqsi ( contributor )
Muhammad bin Salim ( contributor )
Ahmad bin Muhammad ( contributor )
Ali bin Abd al-Rahman BaShuayb ( contributor )
Sulayman bin Burhan al-Amawy ( 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 )
Correspondence ( LCTGM )
Personal correspondence ( LCGFT )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
-9.633997 x 39.778998


The letters collated by W Hichens into the present three pages are from various people who befriended or worked for Taylor. For instance, there are two letters from Mwalimu Sikujua one of Taylor’s two Swahili teachers and main informants. Indeed, in one letter Sikujua informs Taylor that he had collected some poems of Muyaka. The content of the correspondence varies from personal communication discussing problems related to the purchase of coconut trees by the CMS parish at Rabai (Mwidani bin Mwidadi), to a request for money lending, or a request for help in the releasing of material at Rabai custom house. The reading is quite smooth and clear, although as with most material in Arabic script the reader will have to adjust a direct transliteration to correspond to the Swahili context. ( en )
General Note:
Date of Composition: circa 1880-1890 AD (circa 1297-1307 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: Uaffifuka yaa muhibbiy mintwarafi al-kalami lladhii quilta
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Archival history: The letters were collated into the present volume by Hichens
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Swahili Coast
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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.
General Note:
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: Lambert, H E. 1958. Chi-Jomvu and Ki-Ngare, Studies in Swahili Dialects III. Kampala: East African Swahili Committee

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 47782b ( SOAS manuscript number )