Citation
Miscellaneous Letters to Taylor (MS 47782c)

Material Information

Title:
Miscellaneous Letters to Taylor (MS 47782c)
Series Title:
Taylor Papers : Swahili letters
Creator:
[s.n.]
Publication Date:
Language:
Swahili
Materials:
Paper ( medium )
Technique:
Handwritten manuscript : Old handwritten page collated into a larger page and bound in a book with red and gold cover.

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Africa, East ( LCSH )
East Africa
Christianity ( LCSH )
Colonialism
Imperialism ( LCSH )
Missionary work
Genre:
Letter
Correspondence ( LCTGM )
Personal correspondence ( LCGFT )
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Eastern Africa -- Mombasa
Coordinates:
-4.05466 x 39.66359

Notes

Abstract:
In this section, the cataloguers decided to provide a general description of the last 60 letters of this large file. In the previous items a more detailed description of individual letters has been given, whereas for the letters contained here the readers will gain more information by perusal. Some letters contain personal correspondence to Taylor by people who befriended or helped Taylor and Other missionaries. In particular, there is a letter from Bwana Hemedi who, together with Mwalimu Sikujua, was Taylor’s Swahili teacher and informants, as well as a letter from Husayn bib Khamis informing Taylor that Bwana Hemedi has died. Some letters deal more specifically with literary issues, like, for instance, that by Shaikh Burhan, before he was appointed Qadi of Zanzibar, where he tells Taylor that he will help him with the translation of an Arabic dictionary. Also to note that in some letters we may find extracts of poems or proverbs, like, for instance, in the letter by Husayn bin Khamis there is the proverb ‘Mgonjwa mwenziwe ni kit’anda’ (A sick man’s companion is his bed). The content of this letters should be read together with the content of MS 47769. ( en )
General Note:
Date of Composition: circa 1880-1890 AD (circa 1297-1307 A.H.)
General Note:
Languages: Swahili (Arabic script)
General Note:
Dialects: KiMvita
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Extent: 23 leaves
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Incipit: Wa ba’du na kuarifu na thamani kuonana nawe lakini leo yapata ya sabaa
General Note:
Archival history: The letters were collated into the present volume by Hichens
General Note:
Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Mombasa
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Tanzania -- Zanzibar
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Mombasa County -- Jomvu
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kenya -- Kilifi County -- Rabai
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Donated by Mrs E. Hichens, 19 June 1945
General Note:
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

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 47782c ( SOAS manuscript number )