To Greenwich Hospital - It is impossible to consider this hospital in any other light, than the palace of a great monarch.
The building consists of two wings, which are separated by a vast oblong court.—It contains two thousand invalid sailors and officers; though its funds are charged with certain salaries to keep five thousand out-pensioners.—The chambers are kept extremely clean, and do not possess any thing like the appearance of poverty. The invalids have clean linen twice a week, and a small allowance in money.—They are served on tables of marble, with cleanliness and comfort.—The stair-case is handsome, and geometrically constructed.
The chapel is large, and elegantly decorated.
The royal hall opposite the chapel, is painted by Sir James Thornhill, who has there displayed the triumphs of Great-Britain.
A certain number of the children of sailors who have died in the service of their country, receive a marine education at the expence of the hospital.
Upon the hill in the park is the royal observatory, and is the best furnished with astronomical instruments of any in Europe.
Greenwich is situate on the banks of the Thames, about seven miles from London.