THE REV. G. H. NOBBS IN ENGLAND—HIS RECEPTION BY THE QUEEN AND PRINCE ALBERT—MR. NOBBS'S RETURN HOMEWARD BY NAVY BAY AND THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA—THE LATE BISHOP OF SYDNEY—MR. NOBBS AT VALPARAISO—EFFORTS IN ENGLAND FOR THE ISLANDERS—INTELLIGENCE FROM PITCAIRN—THE FIRST COMMUNION ON THE ISLAND—MR. NOBBS'S ARRIVAL AT PITCAIRN—PITCAIRN IN 1853—AID RENDERED TO THE ISLANDERS.
DURING his two months' stay in England, Mr. Nobbs met with various marks of kindness. The prompt and courteous attention shown him at the Admiralty, by the late lamented Augustus Stafford, M.P., Mr. T. T. Grant, and other gentlemen, he valued very highly. He paid visits to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, the Bishop of London (Dr. Blomfield), the Bishop of Winchester, and Archdeacon Grant, at whose houses he was a welcome guest. Speaking of his visit to the Bishop of London and Mrs. Blomfield, he said, "The unaffected condescension and regard shown to me whilst I sojourned at Fulham Palace will long be treasured in my memory!" The late excellent Sir Robert H. Iriglis received him with much hospitality; and he was entertained with true kindness at Killerton, Devon, by Sir Thomas and Lady Acland, who were amongst the most kind and serviceable of his many friends.