Excerpt n in 1723, he at an early age entered the naval service, and till his death in 1786 was tossed from storm to storm. "He had no rest on sea, nor I on shore," writes his illustrious descendant. In 1740 a fleet of five ships was sent out under Commodore Anson to annoy the Spaniards, with whom we were then at war, in the South Seas. Byron took service as a midshipman in one of those ships--all more or less unfortunate--called "The Wager." Being a bad sailor, and heavily laden, she was blown from her company, and wrecked in the Straits of Magellan. The majority of the crew were cast on a bleak rock, which they christened Mount Misery. After encountering all the horrors of mutiny and famine, and being in various ways deserted, five of the survivors, among them Captain Cheap and Mr. Byron, were taken by some Patagonians to the Island of Chiloe, and thence, after some months, to Valparaiso.
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About the Author
Born in Montrose, Scotland, Nichol was the son of John Pringle Nichol, Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. John Jr. studied first at Glasgow (1848-55) and then Balliol College, Oxford (1855-9) as a Snell Exhibitioner, graduating with a First-Class degree in Classics, Philosophy and Mathematics. After graduating, Nicholl remained at Oxford as a coach. With Albert Venn Dicey, Thomas Hill Green, Swinburne and others, he formed the Old Mortality Society for discussions on literary matters.
Table of Contents
1. Ancestry and family; 2. Early years and school-life. 1788-1808; 3. Cambridge, and first period of authorship - Hours of Idleness - Bards and Reviewers. 1808-9; 4. Two years of travel. 1809-11; 5. Life in London - correspondence with Scott and Moore - second period of authorship - Harold (I, II), and the Romances. 1811-5; 6. Marriage and separation - farewell to England. 1815-6; 7. Switzerland - Venice - third period of authorship - Harold (III, IV) - Manfred. 1816-20; 8. Ravenna - Countess Guiccioli - the dramas - Cain - Vision of Judgment. 1820-1; 9. Pisa - Genoa - The Liberal - Don Juan. 1821-3; 10. Politics - the Carbonari - expedition to Greece - death; 11. Characteristics, and place in literature.