Colonialism has come to be understood in more recent debates as a constellation of rule critically shaped by connection and diff erentiation across the colony-metropole divide. It has been conceptualized in its modular form as the creation of both domination and consent, of both goodwill and rule. Properly identifying “the social and political reverberations between colony and metropole is a diffi cult task,”1 however, especially during the historical moments when colonialism had not yet been fully established and when the reverberations refl ect connections between, for instance, a colonial power, settler regimes, an independent African kingdom and, in addition, missionaries who yet again originated from their own politically, religiously and culturally distinct background. In order to capture the ambiguities of rule and dependence and to probe the depth and multidimensionality of colonial rule, it is therefore insightful to focus on some of these missionaries’ agency and their written output.