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Eliza, their child, about three years of age.
Miss E. Gilbert, who, with her sister, kept a boarding-school for young ladies, in Clover-street, Chatham ; sister to Mrs. Mills.
Mr. Thomas Gilbert, aged 21, of Chatham, late apprentice to Messrs. Beeching and Edmett, Maidstone.
Miss Brock, aged 11, daughter of Mr. Brock, linen-draper.
Miss Morson, aged 7, daughter of Mr. Morson, attorney, of Chatham.
Miss Mathews, aged 11, of Essex.
The party walked to ROCHESTER about three o'clock, and took the water above bridge, from whence they proceeded up the river, and went as far as HALLING, where they passsed the afternoon, in the most social and harmless hilarity; little anticipating the fatal doom which so speedily awaited them; and, after taking tea, re-entered their boat in order to return. On leaving Halling, they passed away the time, and amused themselves by singing hymns, as the boat glided down the stream. On approaching Rochester Bridge, many persons were
Amiable in his disposition and mild in his manners, he had no predilection for pomp and show of any description. He even applied to the King for permission to resign his bishopric, and his MAJESTY, it is said, was disposed to grant him that permission. But his brethren of the bench opposed it, supposing it might form a precedent, and be injurious to the priesthood. The Bishop's sole motive was, that advancing in years, he might enjoy greater leisure to prepare for the exalted happiness and permanent dignities that await the obedient disciple of Christ in a better world. This pious prelate was rewarded by a peculiarly placid dismissal from the burden of mortality, as was the late Bishop Porteus of amiable memory
Sweet is the scene where Virtue dies,
Where sinks a righteous soul to rest;
How gently heaves the expiring breast!
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er,
So dies the wave along the shore os
ROCHESTER, rose full to view, whilst The Bridge, with its numerous arches, flung over the Medway, gave the whole a very picturesqne effect. It was delightful to behold these well known objects, announcing the termination of our voyage. The MEDWAY here widening and deepening considerably, together with a fresh breeze, called up the perils of navigation! Horace well describes them in the Ode addressed to the ship that bore his beloved Virgil to Athens, where he is of opinion that oak and triple brass must have covered the breast of the man who first dared to trust himself to the MURDEROUS OCEAN. And Dr. Robertson, in his History of America, traces the gradual progress of the nautical art from the first tremulous effort along the shore to its present adventurous perfection. But the hour of peril once past, heightenş and sublimates our enjoyment
When darkness clouds the angry deep,
Each bosom's drooping courage cheers!
In War’s red field where loud alarms
And summer's heat by neighb'ring hedge or tree :
GRAHAME. I will conclude by observing, that the necessity of RELIGION is strikingly exemplified at Chatham, and in other places that swarın with the inferior classes of the community. The laws of the land, however excellent, regulate only the outward manners; they have nothing to do with the disposition—they come not in contact with the heart. But the existence of an Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent Deity, in conjunction with a State of future Rewards and Punishments, confirmed to us by the divine mission of Jesus Christ--these are truths which enlighten and purify the human mind-penetrating the recesses of the heart. And wherever the empire of Religion predominates, Idleness and Profanity, Drunkenness and Debauchery, together with dishonesty of every description, are a banished from society. Men become good subjects-good subjects become good Christians—and good Christians are heirs of a BLESSED IMMORTALITY!
And thou, RELIGION ! soul-transforming flame
Whoe'er's possess'd of thee could wish no more,
Removed alike from the sallies of Enthusiasm, and from the follies of Superstition, True Religion forms the alone basis of individual Happiness and of NATIONAL PROSPERITY.