insecurity, compared with packet-ships or steamers, is great; that the cabin, being on deck, will be terribly exposed, in case of a gale, &c., &c. I am well aware of the proneness of volunteer counsellors to frighten and excite one, and have generally disregarded them.
But this time I feel a trembling solicitude on account of my child, and am doubtful, harassed, almost ill.
And again, under date of April 21, she says:
I had intended, if I went by way of France, to take the packet-ship “Argo,” from Havre; and I had requested Mrs.—— to procure and forward to me some of my effects left at Paris, in charge of Miss F——, when, taking up Galignani, my eye fell on these words: “Died, 4th of April, Miss F——;” and, turning the page, I read, The wreck of the “Argo,” —a somewhat singular combination!
There were notices, also, of the loss of the fine English steamer Adelaide, and of the American packet John Skiddy. Safety is not to be secured, then, by the wisest foresight.
I shall embark more composedly in our merchant-ship, praying fervently, indeed, that it may not be my lot to lose my boy at sea, either by unsolaced illness, or amid the howling waves; or, if so, that Ossoli, Angelo, and I may go together, and that the anguish may be brief.
Their state-rooms were taken, their trunks packed, their preparations finished, they were just leaving Florence
, when letters came, which, had they reached her a week earlier, would probably have induced them to remain in Italy
But Margaret had already by letter appointed a rendezvous for the scattered members of her family in July; and she would not break her engagements with the commander of the barque.
It was destined that they were to sail,—to sail in the Elizabeth