Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Livingstone: David Livingstone

Doctor Livingstone, I presume

A humorous greeting. The phrase refers to Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was presumed lost in Africa in the mid-19th century. When reporter H.M. Stanley finally located him, he greeted Livingstone with this now-famous phrase. You must be the gentleman I'm looking for—Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
See also: doctor, presume

Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

Jocular You are who I think you are, are you not? Oh, there you are. Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
See also: doctor

Doctor Livingstone, I presume?

A 19th-century explorer named Dr. David Livingstone became something of a national hero through his articles and lectures about his adventures in Africa. In 1864, Livingstone led an expedition to discover the source of the Nile. When little to nothing was heard from or about Livingstone after many years, Europeans and Americans became concerned. In 1871, the publisher of the New York Herald hired Henry Stanley, a newspaper reporter, to find Livingstone. Heading a group of some two hundred men, Stanley headed into the African interior. After nearly eight months he found Livingstone in a small village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. As Stanley described the encounter, “As I advanced slowly toward him I noticed he was pale, looked wearied . . . I would have embraced him, only, he being an Englishman, I did not know how he would receive me; so I . . . walked deliberately to him, took off my hat, and said, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?' The phrase “‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” caught the public's fancy, and any number of would-be wits greeted friends with it until the phrase lost all traces of cleverness. But that never stopped people from continuing to use it long past the public's memory of who Livingstone or Stanley were.
See also: doctor
References in periodicals archive ?
Any reasonable person should be appalled and I trust Mr Livingstone will retract his words straight away.
Veteran leftwinger Mr Livingstone and Shadow Defence Secretary Maria Eagle will shape the party's military policy, including whether to replace Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.
Mr Livingstone defended himself by saying he had no idea Mr Jones had suffered a mental illness and had "never heard of him" - even though Mr Jones is a Labour defence spokesman and Mr Livingstone is co-chair of Labour's defence review.
As part of his role, Mr Livingstone is to consider the controversial issue of whether Labour should support renewing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system.
Auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said: "It is a real privilege to be able to turn the same pages as the great man in the knowledge that Livingstone owned the volume himself before gifting it to a friend.
His meeting with Welshman W Henry Morton Stanley on November 10, 1871, reportedly saw the Denbighborn explorer greet him with the oftquoted phrase: "Dr Livingstone, I presume?
IN THE MONEY The David Livingstone Centre is built around the explorer's Blantyre birthplace
He said: "I'm delighted by the success of the first year of the Livingstone Volunteers, both by the number of people who applied and by the potential for the future.
Livingstone went back into his house, and when police arrived there were several people drinking in the street late at night on July 4.
Whilst some African leaders continue to berate the evils of the British Empire, and the work of missionaries as an appendage of imperialism, there is something about David Livingstone that ensures he continues to be held in high esteem, both in Africa and Britain, long after colonialism has passed into history as a largely disreputable aspect of Britain's history.
But they were seized on by political opponents, who said they showed Mr Livingstone was a "nasty, divisive character".
A love of picture trading cards is nothing new for Livingstone.
The couple, who have two children, wed just hours after Mr Livingstone hosted his regular Saturday morning radio show.
No trip to Livingstone is complete without a trip to Victoria Falls - one of the largest waterfalls in the world.
FORMER London mayor Ken Livingstone is offering advice to Venezuela's government on urban planning in Caracas.