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Chat·ham

 (chăt′əm)
A town of southeast England east of London. Elizabeth I established a royal dockyard here in 1567.

Chatham

, First Earl of
See William Pitt1.
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Chatham

(ˈtʃætəm)
n
1. (Placename) a town in SE England, in N Kent on the River Medway: formerly royal naval dockyard. Pop: 73 468 (2001)
2. (Placename) a town in SE Canada, in SE Ontario on the Thames River. Pop: 44 156 (2001)

Chatham

(ˈtʃætəm)
n
(Biography) 1st Earl of title of the elder (William) Pitt. See Pitt1
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Chat•ham

(ˈtʃæt əm)

n.
1. 1st Earl of, Pitt, William, 1st Earl of Chatham.
2. a city in N Kent, in SE England. 56,921.
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In the morning (17th) we landed on Chatham Island, which, like the others, rises with a tame and rounded outline, broken here and there by scattered hillocks, the remains of former craters.
Pitt, afterward Earl of Chatham, who spent so much of his wondrous eloquence in endeavoring to warn England of the consequences of her injustice.
Now let us suppose the mocking-thrush of Chatham Island to be blown to Charles Island, which has its own mocking-thrush: why should it succeed in establishing itself there?
It's down in Kent, seven miles from Chatham and three from the railway line.
"That reminds me," he went on, thrusting a hand into his side-pocket, with an easy air, "if I wanted a precedent, you know--but we never want a precedent for the right thing--but there is Chatham, now; I can't say I should have supported Chatham, or Pitt, the younger Pitt-- he was not a man of ideas, and we want ideas, you know."
'Snodgrass,' he said, stopping suddenly, 'do not let me be balked in this matter--do not give information to the local authorities--do not obtain the assistance of several peace officers, to take either me or Doctor Slammer, of the 97th Regiment, at present quartered in Chatham Barracks, into custody, and thus prevent this duel!--I say, do not.'
Letterblair was a widower, and they dined alone, copiously and slowly, in a dark shabby room hung with yellowing prints of "The Death of Chatham" and "The Coronation of Napoleon." On the sideboard, between fluted Sheraton knife-cases, stood a decanter of Haut Brion, and another of the old Lanning port (the gift of a client), which the wastrel Tom Lanning had sold off a year or two before his mysterious and discreditable death in San Francisco--an incident less publicly humiliating to the family than the sale of the cellar.
That is it which throws thunder into Chatham's voice, and dignity into Washington's port, and America into Adams's eye.
These were the guns that were brought up from Woolwich and Chatham to cover Kingston.
too much to herself sometimes--not that she ever doubted; for, to be sure, George must be at the Horse Guards; and he can't always get leave from Chatham; and he must see his friends and sisters, and mingle in society when in town (he, such an ornament to every society!); and when he is with the regiment, he is too tired to write long letters.
The bulk of them were mainly Gloucester boats, with a scattering from Provincetown, Harwich, Chatham, and some of the Maine ports, but the crews drew from goodness knows where.
The best of his essays, like those on the Earl of Chatham and on the two men who won India for England, Clive and Warren Hastings, are models of the comparatively brief comprehensive dissertation of the form employed by Johnson in his 'Lives of the Poets.'