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somption in making such an application. At ten not, however, prevent him from taking a ride in o'clock, accordingly, he attended his master with the afternoon, which, I grieve to say, was his great trembling and fear, but stuttered so when last.

On his return, my master said that the he attempted to speak, that he could not make saddle was not perfectly dry, from being so wet himself understood; Lord Byron endeavouring, the day before, and observed that he thought it almost in vain, to preserve his gravity, reproved had made him worse. His lordship was again him severely for his presumption. Blacky stut- visited by the same slow fever, and I was sorry tered a thousand excuses, and was ready to do to perceive, on the next morning, that his illness any thing to appease his massa's anger. His great appeared to be increasing. He was very low, and rellow eyes wide open, he trembling from head complained of not having had any sleep durto foot, his wandering and stuttering excuses, his ing the night. His lordship's appetite was also visible dread-all tended to provoke laughter; quite gone. I prepared a little arrow-root, of and Lord Byron, fearing his own dignity would which he took three or four spoonfuls, saying it be bore overboard, told him to hold his tongue, was very good, but he could take no more. and listen to his sentence. I was commanded to was not till the third day, the 12th, that I began enter it in his memorandum-book, and then he to be alarmed for my master. In all bis former pronounced in a solemn tone of voice, while colds he always slept well, and was never affected Placky stood aghast, expecting some severe pu- by this slow fever. I therefore went to Dr Bruno bishment, the following doom : ‘My determina- and Mr Millingen, the two medical attendants, tion is, that the children born of these black and inquired minutely into every circumstance Fomen, of which you may be the father, shall be connected with my master's present illness : both mby property, and I will maintain them. What replied that there was no danger, and I might say you? "Go-Go-God bless you, massa, make myself perfectly easy on the subject, for all Lay you live great while, stuttered out the would be well in a few days. This was on the groom, and sallied forth to tell the good news to 13th. On the following day, I found my master the two distressed women.»

in such a state, that I could not feel happy The luxury of Lord Byron's living at this time without supplicating that he would send to be seen from the following order, which he Zante for Dr Thomas.

After expressing my may gare his superintendant of the household, for the fears lest his lordship should get worse, he dedaily expenses of his own table. It amounts to sired me to consult the doctors, which I did, and no more than one piastre.

was told there was no occasion for calling in any

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3 to which I answered, “Then, my lord, have other

advice by all means.' "They tell me,' said his 40

lordship, that it is only a common cold, which,

you know, I have had a thousand times.' 'I am This was his dinner; his breakfast consisted of a

sure, my lord,' said I, “that you never had one single dish of tea, without milk or sugar. of so serious a nature.' 'I think I never had,' The circumstances that attended the death of

was his lordship's answer. this illustrious and noble-minded man, are de- cations that Dr Thomas should be sent for, on

I repeated my suppliscribed in the following plain and simple state- the 15th, and was again assured that my master ment by his faithful valet and constant follower, would be better in two or three days. After Mr Fletcher:

these confident assurances, I did not renew my • My master," says Mr Fletcher,' « continued entreaties until it was too late. With respect to his usual custom of riding daily when the wea- the medicines that were given to my master, I ther would permit, until the 9th of April. But could not persuade myself that those of a strong on that ill-fated day he got very wel, and on his purgative nature were the best adapted for his return home his lordship changed the whole of complaint, concluding that, as he had nothing on bis dress; but he had been too long in his wet bis stomach, the only effect would be to create dothes, and the cold, of which he had complain pain ; indeed, this must have been the case with ed more or less ever since we left Cephalonia,

a person in perfect health. The whole nourishmade this attack be more severely felt. Though ment taken by my master, for the last eight days, rather feverish during the night, his lordship consisted of a small quantity of broth, at two or slept pretty well, but complained in the morning three different times, and two spoonfuls of arrowof a pain in his bones, and a head-ache : this did root on the 18th, the day before his death. The

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first time I heard of there being any intention of I did not let yon do so before, as I am sure they bleeding his lordship was on the 15th, when it have mistaken my disease. Write yourself, for was proposed by Dr Bruno, but objected to at I know they would not like to see other doctors first by my master, who asked Mr Millingen if here.' I did not lose a moment in obeying my there was any great reason for taking blood master's orders; and on informing Dr Bruno The latter replied that it might be of service, and Mr Millingen of it, they said it was very but added it might be deferred till the next day; right, as they now began to be afraid themselves. and accordingly, my master was bled in the right On returning to my master's room, bis first arm on the evening of the 16th, and a pound of words were have you sent?'

- I have, my blood was taken. I observed, at the time, that it lord,' was my answer; upon which he said, ' you had a most intlamed appearance. Dr Bruno now have done right, for I should like to know what began to say, that he had frequently urged my is the matter with me.' Although his lordship master to be bled, but that he always refused. did not appear to think his dissolution was so A long dispute now arose about the time that near, I could perceive he was getting weaker had been lost, and the necessity of sending for every hour, and he even began to have occasional medical aid to Zante; upon which I was in- fits of delirium. He afterwards said, “I now formed, for the first time, that it would be of no begin to think I am seriously ill, and in case I use, as my master would be better or no more should be taken off suddenly, I wish to give you before the arrival of Dr Thomas. His lordship several directions, which I hope you will be par. continued to get worse, but Dr Bruno said, he ticular in seeing executed! I answered I would thought letting blood again would save his life; in case such an event came to pass, but expressed and I lost no time in telling my master how ne- a hope that he would live many years to execute cessary it was to comply with the doctor's wishes. them much better himself than I could. To To this he replied by saying, he feared they this my master replied, “ No, it is now nearly knew nothing about his disorder; and then, over : and then added, "I must tell you all stretching out his arm, said, “Here, take my arm without losing a moment!' I then said, “Shall 1 and do whatever you like.' His lordship con- go, my lord, and fetch pen, ink and paper?'— tinued to get weaker, and on the 17th he was 'Oh, my God! no; you will lose too much bled twice in the morning, and at two o'clock time, and I have it not to spare, for my time is in the afternoon ; the bleeding at both times now short,' said his lordship, and immediately was followed by fainting fits, and he would have after, “Now pay attention!' His lordship comfallen down more than once had I not caught menced by saying, “You will be provided for.' him in my arms. In order to prevent such an i begged him, however, to proceed with things accident, I took care not to permit his lordship of more consequence.

He then continued, 'oh, to stir without supporting him. On this day my my poor dear child! my dear Ada! my God! master said to me twice, “I cannot sleep, and could I but have seen her! Give her my blessyou well know I have not been able to sleep for ing-and my dear sister Augusta and her chilmore than a week; I know,' added his lordship, dren ; and you will go to Lady Byron, and " that a man can only be a certain time without say-tell her every thing, - you are friends with sleep, and then he must go mad without any one her.' His lordship seemed to be greatly affected being able to save him; and I would ten times at this moment. Here my master's voice failed sooner shoot myself than be mad, for I am not him, so that I could only catch a word at inafraid of dying-1 am more fit to die than people tervals; but he kept muttering something very think!'

seriously for some time, and would often raise « I do not, however, believe that his lordship his voice, and said, “Fletcher, now if you do had any apprehension of his fate till the day not execute every order which I have given you, after the 18th, when he said, 'I fear you and I will torment you hereafter if possible. Mere Tita will be ill by sitting continually night and I told his lordship in a state of the greatest day. I answered, “We shall never leave your perplexity, that I had not understood a word of lordship till you are better.' As my master had what he said ; to which he replied, 'Oh, iny a slight fit of delirium on the 16th, I took care God! then all is lost, for it is now too late! to remove the pistol and stiletto, which had hi- Can it be possible you have not understood me?' therto been kept at his bedside in the night. -No, my lord,' said I, “but I pray you to try On the 18th his lordship addressed me fre- and inform me once more.' 'Ilow can I?' requently, and seemed to be very much dissatisfied joined my master, “it is now too late, and all is with his medical treatment. I then said, “Do over!' I said, “Not our will, but God's be allow me to send for Dr Thomas?' to which he done ? -- and he answered, “Yes, not mine be answered, “Do so, but be quick ; I am sorry 1 done! —but I will try.' His lordship did indeed

make several efforts to speak, but could only placed it in a chest lined with tiv, as there were speak two or three words at a time, -such as, no means of procuriog a leaden coffin capable of | My wife! my child ! my sister!-you know holding the spirits necessary for its preservation all - you must say all-you know my wishes'-- on the voyage. Dr Bruno drew up an account the rest was quite unintelligible. A consultation of the examination of the body, by which it apwas now held (about noon), when it was deter- peared his lordship’s death had been caused by | mined to administer some Peruvian bark and an intlammatory fever. Dr Meyer, a Swiss phywine. My master had now been nine days sician, who was present, and had accidentally without any sustenance whatever, except what I seen Madame de Stael after her death, stated that

have already mentioned. With the exception of the formation of the brain in both these illus| a few words, which can only interest those to trious persons was extreinely similar, but that

whom they were addressed, and which if re- Lord Byron had a much greater quantity. quired I shall communicate to themselves, it was On the 22d of April, 1824, in the midst of impossible to understand any thing his lordship his own brigade, the troops of the government, said after taking the bark. He expressed a wish and the whole population, the most precious to sleep. I at one time asked whether I should portion of his honoured remains was carried - call Mr Parry, to which he replied, “Yes, you to the church, where lie the bodies of Marco may call him.' Mr Parry desired him to com- Botzaris and of General Normann. The coffin pose himself. He shed tears, and apparently was a rude, ill-constructed chest of wood; a black sunk into a slumber. Mr Parry went away ex- mantle served for a pall, and over it were placed secting to find him refreshed on his return, - a helmet, a sword, and a crown of laurel. But no bat it was the commencement of the lethargy funeral pomp could have left the impression, preceding his death. The last words I heard my nor spoken the feelings, of this simple ceremony. master utter were at six o'clock on the evening The wretchedness and desolation of the place of the 18th, when he said, “I must sleep now; itself, the wild and half-civilized warriors present, upon which he laid down never to rise again!- their deep-felt, unaffected grief, the fond recolfor he did not move hand or foot during the lections, the disappointed hopes, the anxieties and following twenty-four hours. His lordship ap- sad presentiments which might be read on every peared, however, to be in a state of suffocation countenance--allcontributed to form a scene more at intervals, and had a frequent rattling in the truly affecting than perhaps was

ever before throat; on these occasions I called Tita to assist witnessed round the grave of a great man. When me in raising his head, and I thought he seemed the funeral service was over, the bier was left to get quite stiff. The rattling and choking in the middle of the church, where it remained in the throat took place every half-hour, and until the evening of the next day, guarded by a we continued to raise his head whenever the fit detachment of his own brigade, when it was pricame on, till six o'clock in the evening of the vately carried back by his officers 10 his own 19th, when I saw my master open his eyes and house. The coffin was not closed till the 29th of then shut them, but without showing any symp- the month. tom of pain, or moving hand or foot. “Oh! On the ad of May the remains of Lord Byron my God! I exclaimed, 'I fear his lordship is were embarked, under a salute from the guns of gone!' the doctors then felt his pulse, and said, the fortress. « How different,” exclaims Count You are right-he is gone!'»

Gamba,« from that which had welcomed the arriOn the day of this melancholy event, Prince val of Byron only four months ago!. After a pasVavrocordato issued a proclamation expressive sage of three days, the vessel reached Zante, and of the deep and unfeigned grief felt by all classes, the precious deposit was placed in the quarantine ' and ordering every public demonstration of re-house. Here some additional precautions were spect and sorrow to be paid to the memory of the taken to ensure its safe arrival in England, by illustrious deceased, by firing minute-guns, clos- providing another case for the body. On the ing all the public-offices and shops, suspending 10th May, Colonel Stanhope arrived at Zante, the usual Easter festivities, and by a general from the Morea, and, as he was on his way back mourning and funeral prayers in all the churches. to England, he took charge of Lord Byron's reIt was resolved that the body should be em- mains, and embarked with them on board the balmed, and after the suitable funeral honours Florida. Ou the 25th of May she sailed from had been performed, should be embarked for Zante, on the 29th of June entered the Downs, Zante, -- thepce to be conveyed to England. Ac- and from thence proceeded to Stangate Creek, to cordingly the medical men opened the body and perform quarantine, where she arrived on Thursembalmed it, and having enclosed the heart, and day, July 1.

brain, and intestines in separate vessels, they 1

Jolin Cam Hobhouse, Fsq. and John Hanson,

IN THE VAULT BENEATH,

WHERE MANY OF HIS ANCESTORS AND HIS MOTHER ARE

LIE THE REMAINS OF

Esq., Lord Byron's executors, after having proved An urn accompanied the coffin, and on it was his will, claimed the body from the Florida, and inscribed : under their directions it was removed to the house of Sir Edward Knatchbull, Westminster,

Within this urn are deposited the heart, where it lay in state several days.

brain, etc. A few select friends and admirers of the noble bard followed his remains to the grave.

of the deceased Lord Byron.

As the funeral procession passed through the streets of London, a fine-looking honest tar was observed

An elegant Grecian tablet of white marble, to walk near the hearse uncovered, and on being church, with the following inscription in Ro

has been placed in the chancel of Hucknell asked whether he formed part of the cortège, he replied he came there to pay his respects to the man capitals : deceased, with whom he had served in the Levant, when he made the tour of the Grecian islands. The poor fellow was offered a place by some of

BURIED, the servants; but he said he was strong, and had rather walk near the hearse. The interment took place on Friday, July 16th.

GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON, Lord Byron was buried in the family vault, at

LORD BYRON, OF KOCHDALE, the village of Hucknell, eight miles beyond Nottingham, and within two miles of the venerable Abbey of Newstead. He was accompanied to the THE AUTHOR OF «CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE. » grave by crowds of persons eager to show this

HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ON THE Jast testimony of respect to his memory. As in

22D OF JANUARY, 1788. one of his earlier poems he had expressed a wish

HE DIED AT MISSOLONGIT, IN WESTERN GREECE, ON THE that his dust might ningle with his mother's, his coffin was placed in the vault next to hers.

19TH OF APRIL, 1824, It bore the following inscription :

ENGAGED IN THE GLORIOUS ATTEMPT TO RESTORE THAT George Gordon Noel Byrov,

Lord Byron,

of Rochdale,
Born in London,'
Jan. 22, 1788,

HIS SISTER, THE HONOURABLE
died at Missolonghi,
in Western Greece,
April 19th, 1824. »
Mr Dallas says Dover.

IN THE COUNTY OF LANCASTER;

COUNTRY TO HER ANCIENT FREEDOM AND RENOWN.

AUGUSTA MARIA LEIGI,

PLACED THIS TABLET TO HIS MEMORY.

THE

COMPLETE WORKS

OF

LORD BYRON.

Hours of Jdleness.

Μήτ' άρ με μάλ' αϊνεε, μήτε τι νείκει.

HOMER. Iliad. 10.
He whistled as he went for want of thought.

DRYDEN.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE FREDERICK, EARL OF CARLISLE,

KNIGHT OF THE GARTER, ETC.

These Poems are Juscribed,
BY HIS OBLIGED WARD, AND AFFECTIONATE KINSMAN,

THE AUTHOR.

ON LEAVING NEWSTEAD ABBEY. For the rights of a monarch, their country defending,

Till death their attachment to royalty scald. Why dost thou build the hall ? Son of the winged days! Thou Shades of heroes, farewell! your descendant departing lockers from thy tower to-day: yet a few years, and the blast of the deseni cinca; it howls in thy emply court.

From the seat of his ancestors bids

you adieu! OSSIAX. Abroad or at home, your remembrance imparting

New courage, he 'll think upon glory and you. Targuga thy battlements, Newstead, the hollow winds whistle;

Though a tear dim his eye at this sad separation, Thoa, the hall of my fathers, art gone to decay;

"T is nature, not fear, that excites his regret; la thy once smiling garden, the hemlock and thistle

Far distant he goes, with the same emulation, Have choked up the rose which late bloom'd in the

The fame of his fathers he ne'er can forget. 1 way.

That fame, and that memory, still will he cherish, Of the mail-cover'd barons, who proudly, to battle

He vows that he ne'er will disgrace your renown; i Led their vassals from Europe to Palestine's plain,

Like you will he live, or like you will he perish; The escutcheon and shield, which with every blast rattle,

When decay'd, may he mingle his dust with your own.

1803.
Are the only sad vestiges now that remain.
No more doth old Robert, with harp-stringing numbers,
Raise a tlame in the breast, for the war-laureld wreath;

EPITAPH ON A FRIEND.
Near Askalon's Towers John of Horistan slumbers,
Underved is the hand of his minstrel by death.

Aστηρ πριν μεν ελαμπες ενι ζωοισιν εωος.

. Pauland Hubert too sleep, in the valley of Cressy;

LAERTIUS. For the safety of Edward and England they fell; My fachers! the tears of your country redress ye;

On, Friend! for ever loved, for ever dear! How you fought! how you died! still her annals can

What fruitless tears have bathed thy honourd bier!' tell.

What sighs re-echo'd to thy parting breath,
On Marston, with Rupert 3 'gainst traitors contending, While thou wast struggling in the pangs of death!
Four brothers enrich'd with their blood the bleak field; Could tears retard the tyrant in bis course;

Horistan Castle, in Derbyshire, an ancient seat of the Byron Could sighs avert his dart's relentless force; famik.

Could youth and virtue claim a short delay, • The battle of Marston Noor, where the adherents of Charles J.

Or beauty charm the spectre from his prey; er defeated.

Thou still hadst lived, to bless my aching sight, * Son of the Elector Palatine, and related to Charles I. lle astersarde commanded the feet, in the reign of Charles JI.

Thy comrade's honour, and thy friend's delight.

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