He informed me that the Indians had certainly been passengers on board his vessel--but as far as Gravesend
The houses of Gravesend
crowd upon the shore with an effect of confusion as if they had tumbled down haphazard from the top of the hill at the back.
In this condition, very cheerful, and indeed joyful at being so happily accommodated as we were, we set sail from Bugby's Hole to Gravesend
, where the ship lay about ten more days, and where the captain came on board for good and all.
I had always proposed to myself to get him well down the river in the boat; certainly well beyond Gravesend
, which was a critical place for search or inquiry if suspicion were afoot.
This time they were to embark on board a large vessel which awaited them at Gravesend
, and Charles II., always delicate in small matters, had sent one of his yachts, with twelve men of his Scotch guard, to do honor to the ambassador he was sending to France.
We saw Tilbury Fort and remembered the Spanish Armada, Gravesend
, Woolwich, and Greenwich-- places which I had heard of even in my country.
If he'd been away in the barge I'd ha' thought nothin'; for many a time a job has taken him as far as Gravesend
, and then if there was much doin' there he might ha' stayed over.
The whole business of the human race, between London and Dover, being spoliation, Mr Dorrit was waylaid at Dartford, pillaged at Gravesend
, rifled at Rochester, fleeced at Sittingbourne, and sacked at Canterbury.
The party embarked in a passage-boat bound for Gravesend
, whence they were to proceed on foot to Chatham; the wind was in their favour, and they soon left London behind them, a mere dark mist--a giant phantom in the air.
After a hearty breakfast, the four gentlemen sallied forth to walk to Gravesend
, followed by a man bearing the stone in its deal box.
These are two Yarmouth boatmen - very kind, good people - who are relations of my nurse, and have come from Gravesend
to see me.'
I wired to Gravesend
and learned that she had passed some time ago, and as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight."