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July 9, 1949


JAMA. 1949;140(10):909. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900450059022

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To the Editor:—  May I call your attention to some facts that illustrate relations among Albert Schweitzer, American history and current events.The mission station Lambaréné was founded by Dr. Nassau in 1876. The evangelical mission in the Ogowe district began with the activity of American missionaries in 1874. In 1892 the colony Gabun became French. School lessons had to be held in the French language. Therefore the Paris missionary society took over. Robert Hamill Nassau was born in 1835 at Montgomery Square near Norristown, Pa.He studied at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1859 he asked the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions to send him to the most difficult and dangerous place. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1861). He translated the old testament and part of the new one into Benga, a native Negro language. He published "My Ogowe" and "The First Thirty Years

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