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

buried in a coffin taken: from the mast of a French ship cap-
tured in the battle of the Nile the very same ship on which
the boy Casabianca "stood on the burning deck, whence all but
him had fled;" Wellington, Bishop Heber (who wrote the Mis-
sionary hymn, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains"), Dr. Samuel
Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds and many others.  The monu-
ment to Sir Christopher Wren, the architect and builder of St.
Paul's, bears this inscription: "Reader! dost thou seek his monu-
ment? look about you!" Westminster Abbey is the pantheon
of England's great dead. On every side can be seen the
sculptured figures and tombs of kings and queens, heroes and
poets, statesmen and law-givers; their bodies recumbent in
monumental brass; their hands clasped  as in prayer. This,
indeed, is the Valhalla of the Norman-Anglo race.  Westminster
is the finest specimen of Gothic architecture in the world. It
does not seem like an edifice raised by human hands, for as you
look at the long procession of stately pillars supporting the roof,
it reminds you of an interlaced avenue of royal forest-trees, the
work of nature and not of man. The Abbey is very rich in
monuments of all kinds, many of which are of great cost and
very magnificent.  All along the halls, in the transept and
aisles, in the nave, in the chapel, and even in the flooring. are
tablets, tombs, inscriptions and medallions. In the Poets'
Corner, I was glad to see, in company with Shakespeare. Milton
Southey, and Addison, or own beloved poet, Henry W. Long-
fellow. Westminster Abbey is one thousand years old, and
so well were its foundations laid, and so thoroughly built, that
it is good for quite another thousand
  Socially, my stay in London was made exceedingly pleasant.
I carried letters to three or four gentlemen only; one from my
friend, Rev. Edward Everett Hale, of Boston. to the American
Minister, Hon. Robt. T. Lincoln. This letter I presented at the
legation a few days after my arrival, and was most cordially re-
ceived. While pleasantly chatting with the minister, who
should enter but two of America's most eminent sons, James Rus-
sell Lowell and Chauncey M. Depew.  My visit to the legation
was returned within twenty-four hours, not by the minister, to
be sure, but by his first secretary of legation, Mr. Henry White,
whom I found a most affable gentleman and a Baltimorian by
birth. Mr. T. T. Fillan is a barrister-at-law, with an office in the
Temple.  He is a brother of my friend, J. Cox Fillan, of Dom-
inicia, W. I., who has been my guest on his several visits to
Washington. The barrister, who is a gentleman of most polished
and elegant manners, was very cordial to me, showing me
through the series of courts connected with the Temple, and en-
tertaning me at the Gaiety.  Mr. J. H. Hubbard, formerly of
Toronto, Canada, is a furrier to the queen, at 193 Earl Court
Road He has an excellent trade. in a fine building. I owe many
pleasant drives and walks, an inspection of the Zoo Gardens,
Prince Albert Hall, Hyde Park, and a most elegant dinner party
at Blanchard's to his courtesy and kindness, and I am under


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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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