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State by the President of Liberia, and managed for two years to
combine the duties of that office with his educational work. In 1869
he made a journey to the East, visiting Egypt and Syria, chiefly with
the view of studying the Arabic language in order to its introduction
into the curriculum of the college.
In 1871 he resigned his professorship and after a brief visit to
Europe suent two years in Sierra Leone, during which time he was
Rev. Edward W. Blyden, A.M., D.D., I/l-.D.
sent by the Governor of this Colony, which was then under the ad¬
ministrations successively of Sir Arthur Kennedy and Sir John
Pope Hennessy, on two diplomatic missions to the powerful chiefs of
the interior. His report on one of those expeditions was published
at length in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society.
In 1877 he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic
of Liberia at the Court of *St. James7, and was received by Her