Near this Place lyeth Interred ye Body of
CHARLES SERGISON Efqr. Of Cuckfield Place,
who departed this life Novr.ye 26th. 1732 Aged 78.
He was initiated into ye Civil Government
of the Royal Navy in the Year 1671,
as a Clerk in one of His Majesty's Yards,
& laudably Served through Several Offices
till the Year 1719 (namely 48 Years)
35 of which as a Principal Officer and
Commifsioner to the Satisfaction of
the Several Kings and Queens, and their
greatest Ministers, and all his Superiors,
about which time the Civil Government
of the Navy being put into Military hands,
he was esteem'd, by them, not a fit person
to serve any longer.
He was a Gentleman of great Capacity & Penetration
close Application to Businefs
These Virtues compleatly qualify'd him for t/y [that] Post
which he so well fill'd, so long enjoy'd
In those who serv'd under him. Merit alone recommended
Fidelity and Diligence were rewarded,
which gain'd him Respect, Esteem and Honour.
He serv'd his Country in several Parliaments,
where like a true Patriot,
he consulted only ye real Interest of ye Nation,
without any particular views of his own.
In private Life He observ'd Justice & Probity
was Affectionate to his Relations
Peaceable to his Neighbours
Kind and Beneficent to his Servants
And in every Station an Honest Man