‘October 23…Thomas Pringle is returned from the Cape, and called in my absence. He might have done well there, could he have scoured his brain of politics, but he must needs publish a Whig journal at the Cape of Good Hope! He is a worthy creature, but conceited withal--hinc illæ lachrymæ. He brought me some antlers and a skin, in addition to others he had sent to Abbotsford four years since…’
From Walter Scott’s journal, entered on October 23rd, 1826. Thomas Pringle was a Scottish writer, best known for his writing on South Africa. He was also a staunch abolitionist. Thomas Pringle died on January 5th, 1834.