AT 1/2 past ten o'clock A. M., September 29th, left our lodgings for the Margate stairs, just beyond the Tower, where the Antwerp Steamer laid. Mr. W. accompanied us to the steamer in a barge; saw us safely on board and then left us. The captain did not put on steam for at least an hour and a half; and after we were under weigh, grounded twice in the Thames. We had a fine voyage, few passengers, and a very smooth sea. We passed Greenwich, Dulwich, Woolwich. Yarmouth & Margate we did not pass; the flats, as the Captain called them, being shallow water, he therefore took a longer course, and went round them. We entered the channel or North Sea, and it was very smooth, as much so as the river, and the Captain said that in the course of a year, he might not have so good a voyage again.
We entered the Scheldt at day break, fine scenery, rather flat. Saw Holland & Belgium; arrived in the latter place at 1/2 past 12 o'clock; the approach to the shore very pretty. The first faces I saw was Mrs. Bates and Miss Van Wart, the latter a niece of W. Irving. Mr. Schweder was with Mrs. B. and she sent him on