HC Deb 24 May 1880 vol 252 cc326-7

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has been called to a pamphlet, written by Mr. Chirnside, F.R.G.S., charging the Blantyre Missionaries in Central Africa with having executed one native under circumstances of aggravated cruelty, and attempted to execute another for assumed complicity in a supposed murder, with having flogged another native to death, with torturing others by imprisonment and the lash, and acting so as to excite the hostility of the neighbouring tribes against Europeans; whether he is aware that this execution and frequent floggings have been admitted by a defender of the missionaries; and, whether he will have the charges inquired into and also consider the propriety of taking steps to check and discourage deeds of violence at the hands of uncommissioned Europeans in Africa?


Sir, Lord Granville has received a copy of the pamphlet in question, and Her Majesty's Consul at Mozambique has also reported that he had received personal representations from Mr. Chirnside to the same effect as the statements now published. Mr. Consul O'Neill has written to Mr. Macdonald, the manager of the Blantyre mission, to inquire into the truth of the charges brought against the mission, and Lord Granville is awaiting the receipt of the explanations which may be afforded to Mr. O'Neill on the matter.