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

Indies, and through his ships. This being completed in Novem-
ber, Mr. Fletcher asked me to accompany him to England, to
which I at once consented, as it was the height of my ambition
to see England.  Mr. Fletcher was very kind to me, and gave me
extra money to send to my mother, and each time we arrived at
 St. Thomas, he would allow me two days with my friends at
home.
  Before starting on the next voyage, everything being ar-
ranged, I bade good-bye to my dear mother, sisters, brothers
and friends; little did I know when I kissed my dear mother
good-bye, that it would be the last time that I would see her in
this world. On the 4th of December, 1864, we hoisted anchor
on board the S. S. "Rauhine," and steamed out of harbor from
my dear native home, which I was destined not to see again for
many years. Owing to very bad weather and an accident to the
engine, we were twenty-one days crossing the Atlantic, but ar-
rived safely at Southampton, on Christmas morning, 1864. The
carriage being ready we drove off at once to Redhouse, Mil-
brook (Mr.Fletcher's house), where I was received with kind-
ness by his mother and sister. After calling the servants and
giving them orders to show me every kindness, I was left to run
about the garden, where the snow would permit, more as a
guest than a servant. A great number of visitors called from
time to time at Mr. Fletcher's, and he would take me with him
on his visits, and regularly to church.  I may here mention that
Mr. Fletcher is the foremost of the few white men, who are
really and truly kindly disposed towards my race a truly Chris-
tian gentleman.
  Amongst the numerous friends who constantly called on Mr.
Fletcher, was a Captain Benson. This gentleman asked Mr.
Fletcher to give me over to him, as he thought I would just do
to take care of his three little ones on board ship, from England
to Wellington, New Zealand, where he was to take up his head-
quarters as superintendent of the Panama, New Zealand and
Australian  Royal Mail Co. After  many  solicitations,  Mr.
Fletcher reluctantly consented, and I, half-heartedly, not want-
ing to displease, also consented. Though I had only been in
Mr. Fletcher's service a few months, I felt the parting very
keenly.
  About the end of February, 1865, 1 left Southampton for Lon-
don, and took up my new appointment with Captain Benson,
preparatory to our departure from England. Everything being
really, and a portion of the cabin of the S. S. "Kaikora" being
specially prepared for the accommodation of Captain Benson's
family, we embarked about the last week in March, 1865, and
the following morning steamed away from England.  About
twenty days after leaving England, we arrived at the Cape of
Good Hope, Africa;  On our way, we also called at St. Helena,
the island where the great Napoleon was imprisoned. Here I
saw the very spot where he used to sit undler a willow tree;
where his home stood, etc. The day after our arrival at Cape




			
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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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