THE CHAIN-PIER. 5
they build it there, running out into the sea ?"
Edward thought it might be for the accommodation of passengers, landing or embarking by the steam-vessels; but he did not see any occasion for its being of so great a length.
Mr. Ashton told them that the Chain-pier (for such the building was called) was used in the manner Edward had supposed; but that it was erected principally for the convenience of the visitors and inhabitants of Brighton, and that it forms one of the most agreeable walks in the town ; " for, here" said he, as they passed the noble esplanade which forms the entrance to the pier, " we can enjoy the pure sea-breezes, without the