The title page of the book he published in 1950. In later years, when I worked with him, Merfyn had moved into a much more active social and political role. Indeed, along with the Rev Colin Morris, he was one of Kenneth Kaunda's mentors. At that stage, he was a little embarrassed about the style of this book, as it was patronising, in the old missionary sense of the term.
When Merfyn had a similar scooter equipped for us to use on the Copperbelt, he personally drove it, at some dreadfully slow speed, all the way up from Lusaka. That's the sort of thing he did. He was a giant among humans. We had the official launching and blessing. Merfyn can be seen on the left. The man wearing a cassock is, of course, Canon Eaton. I think the lady must be the mayoress, because the mayor is next. He was probably, come to think of it, the last "white" mayor of Kitwe. On the right, the Rev Gordon Morris, the minister of Kitwe United Church.
Although this letter headed "Confidential", I think it can go into the public archive after all these years. It is the letter Merfyn wrote to us when he decided to return to the UK, after so many years in Africa. You can get an idea of the spirit of the man, the giant, simply from the way he writes. It wasn't long after that, I believe, that he was featured in the UK media. He decided to go on a fast, sitting on the steps of Westminster Abbey or somewhere equally grand, in protest about some social cause dear to his heart. A giant of a man.