He discharged his duties with marked ability and was greatly esteemed.
He died at Washington, April 20, 1858.
His intimate friend and classmate, Hon. George S. Hillard, elsewhere mentioned in this paper, wrote a long and highly complimentary obituary notice of Chief Justice Gilchrist which even one who did not know him could but enjoy reading.
In it he says of his friend no one had a better claim than he to the grand old name of gentleman.
Edward became a surgeon in the navy in 1832 and joined Commodore Wilkes' United States exploring expedition.
He left it at Valparaiso about 1840, returned home and became resident physician and surgeon in Chelsea Naval Hospital, where he died suddenly November 4, 1869.
His obituary was also written by Mr. Hillard.
A sister, Martha, became the second wife of Chief Justice Cushing, who succeeded her brother John James as Chief Justice of New Hampshire.
When the family moved to Charlestown, in 1822, Mrs. Gilchrist opened a select
er crutch were never in the rear of the rest of the boys and girls.
Then on the north side were the Parker and Tothill houses.
The latter had a pretty cascade some hundred feet in height in the side yard.
We made up for time gained by running 'round the bend by loitering to watch the water-fall.
Next was the priest's house; we were a little in awe of it because of the high board fence.
The building is now the home of the Sisters.
The next house we always called the old place, for in 1832 my grandfather came to Medford from Braintree to live in half of this house, his sister, Mrs. Jonathan Sawyer, being the owner and occupying the other half.
She also owned the farm which lay on both sides of the street.
My aunt, Mrs. Alfred Odiorne, and family lived in the west half of the house until 1867, and Mr. Francis H. Tay owned and occupied the east half.
Mr. Tay's part was removed when the parkway was built.
The hill which rose immediately behind the house offered all sorts of pl