With the exception of the very first voyage, that of King Arthur to Iceland in 517, which is founded on a myth, all the voyages are authentic accounts of the explorers themselves, and are immensely interesting reading even at the present day.
I confess I can give no reply, except the humiliating confession which, if the feeling of the nation is to be read in its Parliamentary acts, amounts to this--"We have removed slavery from our own soil, and we don't care a farthing if all the rest of the world are slaves, provided only we can get cheap cotton and sugar, &c. Mammon!
In the theatre so muckle counts--the play, the rest of the actors, reputation, aye, a score of things.
You are aware, sir, that I lose all my interest on interest, and must take up with just what the law will give; hardship enough in active times like these, when not a day passes that something good does not offer in the way of purchasing the best of securities, at liberal discounts.
The second causes took the swift command, The medicinal head, the ready hand, All eager to perform their part; All but eternal doom was conquer'd by their art: Once more the fleeting soul came back To inspire the mortal frame; And in the body took a doubtful stand, Doubtful and hovering like expiring flame, That mounts and falls by turns, and trembles o'er the brand.
In a document which was sold with the chair in 1830, her servant--who, it appears, had smuggled the chair into the prison--recounts the curious fact that the poor Princess had a prevision that she was to be torn in pieces.