Monday, August 8, 2016

Can you help solve this puzzle?

            We’re seldom introduced to other Liberian interest. Seton’s letter takes us to the name of another reading and circulating Watch Tower material: “A recent letter from Bro. C. J. George to me, in reference to the Church of Christ, ... says: ‘When you communicate to America you will not fail to remind Bro. Russell of the interest that is being awakened at L___, and also to send me a few more of his tracts (assorted), missionary envelopes, and a copy of the Emphatic Diaglott.’”
            C. J. George’s identity is uncertain. There are two possibilities. Christopher J. George was a mission school teacher at Cape Palmas about 1885, and thus someone Seton would have known. He was educated in mission schools in Sierra Leone, but served in various ways the Protestant Episcopal Church in Liberia. However, Seton’s letter suggests that C. J. George was resident outside of Liberia. Charles Joseph George was a native trader in Lagos, Nigeria and a member of the Legislative Counsel. He connects to Seton through Blythe.[1] The “L____” of Seton’s letter may be Lagos, Nigeria. When Seton wrote in 1890, George was a member of the legislative council and in contact with Blythe. We lack sufficient documentation to make a positive identification.

[1]       At Cape Palmas: Annual Report of the Board of Missions for the Fiscal Year, Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1885, page 97. Legislative council: R. W. July: The Origin of Modern African Thought, Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, 2004 edition, page 230.

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