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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 school for young ladies which was continued for a considerable time. She was a highly e