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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
354                   CHURCH REVIEW.

advice of several benevolent ladies Ellen proceeded to Mon-
treal, and being an excellent seamstress, she found a situation
as such in a family belonging to the aristocracy.
  But that long and wearisome journey, exposed as she was to
all weathers, proved too much for her constitution and she fell
a victim to that lingering disease, consumption.
  During her illness her wants were kindly provided for by the
family she had so faithfully served. Neither did they consider
her a burden, but with that kindness of heart always manifested
by the English towards the oppressed, they generously pro-
vided every comfort for her, and assured her that she was at
home.
  Mrs. Ashley, a wealthy young widow lady from England, was
there spending a few months with this family. She was a
thoroughbred English lady, kindhearted and generous, and
was descended from an old and aristocratic family.  She be-
came deeply interested in Ellen, spent much of her time with
her, and made her end peaceful by promising to take her or-
phan boy and adopt him as her own. Freddie was a bright
interesting little fellow, and Mrs. Ashley having no children
of her own, became very fond of him, and soon taught him to
call her mamma.                         
  Ashland, little Freddie's new home in England, was a de-
lightful spot, and he was surrounded with every luxury; his 
every wish was gratified.
  His nurse thought him a wonderful child, and often repeated
his wise sayings to his mamma's visitors.  At an early age, an 
excellent tutor was provided for him, and in course of time he
received a thorough education after the fashion of the English.
On leaving college, he travelled through the principal European
countries, visited the Holy land and Egypt, in company with
Lord Rossville and the young Earl of Branford, and was absent
more than two years.
  On his return home, he expressed a desire to visit the United
States, his early home; but to his great surprise, his mother,
whose health had become somewhat feeble, strongly opposed it
She was greatly prejudiced against Americans, and so excited
did she become over the matter, as to render her ill for several
days.  Frederic was greatly alarmed, and it was some time
before he ventured to mention the word United States, in her
presence again. 
  Shortly after this, she received another shock, occasioned by
the death of her sister.  The two children fell to her care; their
father being in India, she took them to her own home, and almost
forgot her great affliction, in her efforts to comfort them.
  When the civil war in the United States broke out, Mrs. Ash- 
ley and her family were in Italy, where they had been spending 
some time, enjoying its mild climate and beautiful scenery,
greatly to the benefit of Mrs. Ashley's health.
  Frederic took great interest in the war, and anxiously waited
the result. After emancipation had been declared, he again ex- 




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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