Colenso, John William – The good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. A sermon preached in the Cathedral Church of Norwich, on Sunday, August 13, 1854, on the occasion of ordaining Henry Callaway, M.D. as a missionary among the heathen in the Diocese of Natal


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(Pietermaritzburg: photocopy by University of Natal Library, [1854])

Copy of the original sermon published in London by Bell in 1854. 8vo; black rexine over boards lettered in gilt on upper cover; pp. (ii) + 20. Library codes labels and hand-stamps to endpapers; hand-stamp and code to preliminary page; some pencilled notations to first leaf. Very good condition. Practically unobtainable in original form (listed in SABIB 1 p. 584) and found in only a small number of repositories this little volume records a landmark in the history of Natal and the Nguni peoples of southern Africa. Henry Callaway though an amateur became the outstanding anthropologist of his generation among the Xhosas and Zulus. It was through Colenso’s offices that Callaway obtained his early appointment in Natal an event recorded in this ordination sermon. However the two men went their separate ways and Callaway evidently did not feel himself beholden to Colenso to the extent of supporting him in the theological controversy that erupted following the latter’s ‘apostasy’ choosing instead to remain aloof from the debate.