VICTORIA FALLS
EARLY POSTAL HISTORY AND BSAC PERIOD
EARLY POSTAL HISTORY AND BSAC PERIOD
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CECIL JOHN RHODES A signed letter personally written by Rhodes to “Dear Lawley”. A. L. Lawley was an engineer and member of Pauling and Company Ltd. George Pauling’s company was a successful railway contractor which was responsible for the construction of the railway line from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls and beyond. Lawley was also in charge of building the Beira-Umtali section and, later, the extension through to the Congo border. A scarce handwritten letter from Rhodes in which he refers to the Victoria Falls.
 
Note: the subject of the letter was the Rev. Arthur Baldwin of the Methodist Missionary Society. Whilst travelling north, he and the Rev. Buckenham had an enforced wait at Kazangula from August 1890 until 1893 when King Lewanika of Barotseland finally granted them permission to proceed. They travelled to Nkala in what is today Zambia, arriving in late December 1893 where they subsequently established a mission station. Rhodes refers to Baldwin being about 158 miles north of the Victoria Falls and requests Lawley to “help him with his post”.

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