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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
         SKETCH OR BIOGRAPHY OF MY LIFE.             287

we found that one of the men-of-war was H. M. S. "Galatea,"
commanded by H. R. H., the Duke of Edinburgh, who was just
arriving at Sydney that day, on a visit to Australia. The Duke
of Edinburgh is the second son of Queen Victoria. Our ship
joined the procession up the harbor and anchored near the dock-
yard, on the 21st of January, 1868, just nine months and twenty
days since we had left the same spot. The tears streamed
down my cheeks as I saw the friends of my second steward,
captain, officers, cooks, etc., rush on board; the shaking of
hands, the good wishes, etc., and the postman, with letters for
the sailors, but none for me; no one to greet me; my feelings I
cannot describe. The captain and officers having hastened on
shore, there was nothing left for me to do, so I got in a quiet
corner and indulged in many thoughts.  I thought of home and
friends, far, far away. I had not heard from home for more
than  eighteen months.  How  were  they  all--sisters and
brothers?  My second steward came to me about 4 o'clock,
with his mother and two sisters (I had been introduced to them
before this; they had been on board about three hours, and I
had given permission to give them some refreshments), and
asked me if he could go on shore with his friends. I said "yes,
by all means."  The old lady looked me full in the face and
said, "if you are going on shore, and have no friends to visit,
why not come with us?"  I confess I could not control myself
any longer, but sobbed like a child. I afterwards apologized,
and told them the cause. They afterwards became my greatest
friends for the two years and more that I lived in Sydney.
  All the sailors having been dispatched to the men-of-war, the
rest of the crew was paid off on the 30th of January. I hav-
ing received all money due for my private sales of things to the
officers and sailors, and with my wages, had quite a handsome
sum of money. Everything having been made over to the satis-
faction of the captain, on the 10th of February, I was finally
settled with, receiving a parchment, which is still in my posses-
sion, bearing the following: "Character for conduct, very good;
character for ability, very good;" together with the words
usually seen on a seaman's certificate, and signed: "Edward
Cadell, Commander of H. M. S. 'Eagle', on the exploring expe-
dition to the northern territories of Australia, from March 1st,
1867, to February 10th, 1868. In addition to this, the captain
gave me a private letter, on his own account, certifying his'
great satisfaction with my conduct and work during the expe
dition, and also told me to call at the Club, and see him at
times, at the same time advising me to take care of my money
and shook me by the hand when parting.
  Here I was again in Sydney, though in a better position in
one respect, and in a more dangerous position in another res-'
pect. I had in my possession over 140 pounds sterling. I never
had had so large a sum of money before, and scarcely knew
how to manage it. Having written home, I concluded to stay
at Sydney until I received a reply. I called to see Mr. Hall, the
American Consul, but he had left Sydney.




			
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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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