Monday April 19 1824...
His habitation was weather-tight but that was nearly all the comfort his deplorable room afforded him.
He was my protector and benefactor, and I could not see him, whom I knew to have been so differently brought up, thus perishing, far from his home, far from all the comforts due to his rank and situation...
The pestilent sirocco was blowing a hurricane, and the rain was falling with almost tropical violence...
On the 16th he was alarmingly ill, and almost constantly delirious.
I earnestly implored the doctors not to physic and bleed him, and to keep his extremities warm, for in them was already the coldness of coming death...
On the 17th he appeared much worse than the day before; notwithstanding this, he was again bled twice, and both times fainted.
His debility was excessive.
This was Easter Day...
I saw him a short time indeed, in the morning, and then he was very delirious, and alarmingly ill.
Dr. Treiber, a German, had warmly condemned the mode in which Lord Byron had been treated. It was by his recommendation and advice, I believe, that it was now resolved to administer bark, and I was sent for to persuade Lord Byron to take it.
He was able to swallow only a very small quantity, about four mouthfuls I think.
With the assistance of Tita, I endeavoured gently to create a little warmth in them; and I also loosened the bandages which were tied around his head.
Till this was done he seemed in great pain...
He bore the loosening of the band passively; and after it was loosened, he shed tears...
His eyes continued open only a short time, and then, about six o'clock in the evening of the 18th, he sank into a slumber, or rather I should say a stupor, and woke and knew no more.
On Monday, April 19th, at six o'clock in the evening Lord Byron was dead.
"Give Greece arms and independence, and then learning; I am here to serve her, but I will serve her first with my steel, and afterwards with her pen"
(1788 - 1824)
"The Death of Byron April 19 1824"
(Displayed April 19 2012)
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"Theatre of Insolence"
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The Last Days of Lord Byron William Parry (BiblioBazaar 2011)