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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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and they had agreed to select the minister of the
Unitarian congregation of Charleston, Mr. Gilman,
to unite them. Only the relatives and
friends were present at the ceremony, which took
place by lamp-light. The bride was as lovely as
a fresh white rose, small and delicate, dressed in
white and with a pretty garland and veil. The
bridegroom was a talland thin gentleman; not
handsome, but he looked like a good, respectable
man, is very rich, and desperately in love with his
white rosebud. Their bridal tour is to be a
pleasure trip to Europe. After the ceremony,
performed with beauty and dignity, the company rose
from their pews and congratulated the pair. A
fat old negro woman sat like a horrid spectre,
black and silent by the altar. This was the nurse
and foster-mother of the bride, who could not
bear the thought of parting with her. This parting,
however, is only for the time of their journey,
as these black nurses are cared for with great
tenderness as long as they live by the white families,
and, generally speaking, they deserve it through
their affection and fidelity.

You may believe that there are many discussions
here about slavery. I do not originate them,
but when they come, which they frequently do,
I express my sentiments candidly, though as
inoffensively as possible. One thing, however, which

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