Stanley retraced his steps to carry the news that Dr. Livingston was alive and was Ironically, and sadly, the Livingstone's oldest son, Robert, lost his life in the American Civil War. determined to complete his exploration by circling Lake Tanganyika to the west.
Jacob Wainwright, with additional supplies and porters, was dispatched by Stanley to reinforce Livingstone's expedition.
Dr. Livingstone, now old and feeble, set out but soon was confined to his litter by dysentery. As the party reached the village of Chief Chitambo south of Lake Bangweolo, the famous missionary's dysentery worsened. He was placed on a makeshift bed in an empty hut.
The following morning of May 1, 1873, he was discovered dead -- kneeling at his bed, hands clasped as in prayer.
Susi and Chumba, his oldest and most faithful African companions, cut out Livingstone's heart and internal organs and buried them under a Mvula tree near where he died. Then they packed his body in salt to be returned to England by Wainwright.
Dr. Livingstone's remains reached London on April 18, 1874. A day of national mourning was declared, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Stanley returned permanently to England, married, had two children, was elected to Parliament and knighted in 1899.
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