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Dr David Livingstone: 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'

Dr Livingstone and his meeting with Stanley

1889. Henry Morton Stanley, an American journalist and explorer, visits Westminster Abbey in London.

He's there to pay his respects at the tomb of Dr David Livingstone.

While in the Abbey he falls into conversation and begins to relate the circumstances of his famous meeting with the explorer...

Livingstone is away exploring in Africa and has not been heard of for two years when Stanley travels to Africa to try to find him.

Finally he finds the village where Livingstone is staying.

Stanley is shocked at the doctor's appearance: although he is not yet 60 he looks a much older man. Livingstone is eager for news as he has been cut-off from the outside world and is staggered to learn that Stanley has travelled so far just to find him. Livingstone explains to Stanley that he can't return home yet as there is still somewhere he wishes to find - the source of the River Nile. For a while Stanley accompanies Livingstone on his mission, but eventually has to return home, where he hears news of Livingstone's death.

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