Last Days I
About seven o’clock in the evening [of 15 Feb 1824] he was taken with a sudden seizure.… After that he lived with the strictest abstinence: vegetables and a little fish were his only food. But he took too much medicine, as indeed he was accustomed at all times to do. He persuaded himself that diet and exercise were the best preventives against a relapse. He took, therefore, long rides every day that the weather permitted him, nor did he think that enough, for every evening, and sometimes twice a day, he played at single-stick or at the sword exercise. The continued demands of the Greeks for money were become insupportable to him. Attempts were made to keep them at a distance, but who can defend himself against the importunities of these people? When the turbulent conduct and the unreasonable pretensions of the Suliotes (a warlike tribe of Albania) had induced him to force himself from all connection with them and to abandon his favourite enterprise against Lepanto, he employed himself in the organisation of a Greek brigade to be officered by Franks, paid and commanded by himself. I was his second in command. We were on the point of having everything ready, and he counted upon leaving the marshes of Missolonghi as soon as possible.
KeywordsFatigue Pier Defend Prose
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