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Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting, in compliance with resolution of January 27, report of Lieutenant Taunt of a journey on the river Congo
(1887)

Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting, in compliance with resolution of January 27, report of Lieutenant Taunt of a journey on the river Congo,   pp. [1]-42 ff.


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JOURNEY ON THE RIVER CONGO.
Both written and verbal instructions were given me regarding my
journey, and an agent of the State was detailed to accompany me to
Stanley Pool.
To Col. Sir Francis de Winten, Administrator-General,Maj. W. G.
Parminter, Acting Administrator-General, and Capt. Seymour Saulez
chief of Leopoldville Division, I am particularly indebted for advice
and assistance, and to Dr. Ralph Leslie, chief medical officer, I am in-
debted for much valuable advice concerning the necessary precautions
to be observed while traveling.
The American Mission, late Livingstone Inland Mission, and particu.
larly the Rev. Drs. Sims, Billington, and Glenesk, afforded me great as.
sistance, and at a considerable inconvenience to themselves. The steam
launch Henry Reed was placed at my disposal, the Mission refusing to
take any pecuniary recompense. The only expense I was put to in
this connection was the purchase of some needed stores that they did
not have at Stanley Pool, and a payment to the wood cutters era.
ployed on the launch. Messrs. Billington and Glenesk accompanied me
to Stanley Falls, taking entire charge of the engine, &c. This was
particularly appreciated, as they bad only returned a few weeks before
from a trip to Bangala. Had it not been for the kindness and courtesy
extended me by the Mission, and by these gentlemen in particular, I
would have met with much more difficulty in reaching Stanley Falls.
The Government property in my charge I boxed and left in care of
the chief of the Dutch African Trading Company at Banana, to be
placed on board of the first United States man-of-war touching there. I
also left a letter of advice for the commanding officer.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
EMORY H. TAUNT,
Ho. W. C. WHITNEY,                   Lieutenant, U. S. Navy.
Secretary of the Navy,
Navy Department, Washington, D. C.
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