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On the 29th of December Lord Byron reached Missolonghi; having been detained by adverse winds for several days, and at last effected his landing there, in spite of the blockade, his own vessel getting in safely, while that on board of which his servants and baggage had embarked was captured, though afterwards released. On his landing he was received with all kindness and honour; and he immediately began to organise a body of Suliotes, who had quitted Cephalonia to enter his service, of whom he had taken about 500 men into pay. The fatal disputes of these Suliotes with the citizens, and the jealousies of the Greek chiefs, who, with the exception of Mavrocordato, displayed little gratitude or respect towards Lord Byron, were sources of annoyance to him. They were men who, in their own petty squabbles for power, forgot the interests of their country and their country's friends; but, with firmness and temper and enthusiasm, Byron slackened not in his energies for the deliverance of the country to which he had devoted himself. These troubles, however, lessened his hopes of that success he so thirsted after, and, harassing a mind like his, began to affect his health ; the climate increased the evil; and that these had created some presentiment of his fate, those beautiful lines,

“ 'Tis time this heart should be unmoved," the last that he wrote, and on his last birth-day, January 220, bear melancholy testimony.

The details of his last days, given in Moore's “ Life,” have the most intense interest. He had been attacked in February with an epileptic fit, from the effects of which he had not recovered when an inflammation followed, which, after an illness of twelve days, removed from all earthly pain and anxiety the“ Pilgrim of Eternity.”

After the death of Lord Byron, the struggles in Greece still continued, and Missolonghi was bravely defended above two years longer. At length Ibrahim Pacha, with an army of Arabs, and the fleet and soldiers of the Capoudan Pacha, bombarded the place, and so effectually blockaded it, that the wretched inhabitants made a sortie, not to fight, but to escape, and a horrible slaughter was the consequence. Missolonghi was sacked by the Arabs, or rather all that remained of it; for when the consul for the Morea, Mr. Green, visited it after it was taken, it was, with the exception of about twenty of the houses, a heap of ruins; but that in which Lord Byron died had escaped destruction.



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