John White of Mashonaland

ANDREWS, Charles Freer. John White of Mashonaland.

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ANDREWS, Charles Freer. John White of Mashonaland. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1935.

8vo. Original cloth with the rarely seen illustrated dust-wrappers (price-clipped); pp. 316, long school prize inscription to front fly-leaf; apart from minimal rubbing to extremities of wrappers, a fine copy.
~First edition. The biography of the Methodist missionary John White's acrivities in this province of Zimbabwe. 'White became an early exponent of equity and fairness for Africans, and this brought him sustained criticism from the settler community. Newspaper cartoons pictured him as a kaffirboetie, or friend of local peoples. White had many friends in the English community in Salisbury and was a great admirer of the British system of justice, but he was also an early exponent of the brotherhood of all peoples. In 1896 the Mashonaland Rebellion broke out, and the Mashona were fearful of being annihilated by the British. White told them, to the consternation of British authorities, I will sleep each night amongst you outside the laager, so that if they come to kill you, they will kill me als' (Dictionary of African Christian Biography, online).