portrait of either missionary krönlein or missionary gorth

– of those two, possibly this is missionary Gorth,  according to some, while others doubt that it is neither of them; Krönlein, because he first entered Great Namaqua and the station Bersheba late in August 1851; which gives him very short time to spend together with Knudsen, who was about to leave and had severed his relations with the Bethanie kapitajn at that point; when it comes to Matthäus Gorth, the argument that it is him in the hut is somewhat stronger based, which will be sought underpinned beneath; he served at Bethanie for a short period, however, came there first about a year after Knudsen had left; Knudsen left late in 1851 with his wife and the son of about two years of age and actually was born on the station in November 1849;

Missionary Krönlein or, possibly, missionary Gorth studying in his rush-hut. (From diaz by pastor Walter Moritz).

Not only the Namaqualanders, but also some missionaries in Great Namaqualand took to the rush-hut. The Norwegian missionary Hans Christian Knudsen, who came to Bethanien in 1842, depicted one of the other two missionaries writing at a table in a rush-hut.

Parishioners at the Fish River often built a rush-hut for the missionaries to use, each donating a mat and a pole from their own house.

The first church at Berseba was a rush-hut of extraordinary size to which eighty mats had been donated.

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