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night, without any accident, excepting that a so averse to exercise, that he would never be man at the steerage was thrown over the wheel prevailed on to take half a dozen turns on deck and much bruised. Towards noon the violence at a time, during all the course of the voyage. of the storm abated, and we again bore away He was buried on shore. under the reefed foresail.
On Monday, the 5th of January, the small In a few days we passed the Islands of St. cutter was missed, of which I was immediately Paul, where there is good fresh water, as I was apprized. The ship's company being mustered, informed by a Dutch captain, and also a hot we found three men absent, who had carried it spring, which boils fish as completely as if done off. They had taken with them eight stand of by a fire. Approaching to Van Diemen's land, arins and ammunition ; but with regard to their we bad much bad weather, with snow and hail, plan, every one on board seemed to be quito but nothing was seen to indicate our vicinity, ignoraut. I therefore went on shore, and enon the 13th of August, except a scal, which ap- gaged all the chiefs to assist in recovering both peared at the distance of twenty leagues from the boat and the desertery. Accordingly, the
We anchored in Adventure Bay on Wed- former was brought back in the course of the nesday the 20th.
day, by five of the natives ; but the men were In our passage hither from the Cape of Good not taken until nearly three weeks afterwards. Hope, the winds were chiefly from the westward, Learning the place where they were, in a difwith very boisterous weather. The approach offerent quarter of the island of Otaheite, I went strong southerly winds is announced by many thither in the cutter, thinking there would be no birds of the albatross or peterel tribe; and the great difficulty in securing them with the as. abatement of the gale, or a shift of wind to the sistance of the natives. However, they heard northward, by their keeping away. The ther- of my arrival; and when I was near a house in mometer also varies five or six degrees in its which they were, they came out wanting their height, when a change of these winds may be fire-arms, and delivered themselves up. Some of expected. In the land surrounding Adventure-Bay the chiefs had formerly seized and bound these are many forest-trees one hundred and fifty feet deserters; but had been prevailed on, by fair high; we saw one which measared above thirty- promises of returning peaceably to the ship, to three feet in girth. We observed several eagles, release them. But finding an opportunity again some beautiful blue-plumaged herons, and par- to get possession of their arms, they set the roquets in great variety. The natives not appear-natives at defiance. ing, we went in search of them towards Cape The object of the voyage being now completed, Frederic-Henry. Soon after, close to the shore, all the bread-fruit plants, to the number of one for it was impossible to land, we heard their thousand and fifteen, were got on board on voices, like the cackling of geesc, and twenty Tuesday, the 31st of March. Besides these, we persons came ont of the woods. We threw trin- had collected many other plants, some of them kets ashore, tied up in parcels, which they would bearing the finest fruits in the world; and ranot open out until I made an appearance of leav- luable, from affording brilliant dyes, and for ing them: they then did so, and, taking the ar various properties besides. At sunset of the 4th ticles out, put them on their heads. On first of April, we made sail from Otaheite, bidding coming in sight, they made a prodigious clatter- farewell to an island where for twenty-three ing in their speech , and held their arms over weeks we had been treated with the utmost their heads. They spoke so quick that it was affection and regard, and which seemed to inimpossible to catch one single word they uttered.crease in proportion to our stay. That we were Their colour is of a dull black; their skin scari- not insensible to their kindness, the succeeding fied about the breast and shoulders. One was circumstances sufficiently proved; for to the distinguished by his body being coloured with friendly and endearing behaviour of these people red ochre, but all the others were painted black, may be ascribed the motives inciting an erent with a kind of soot, so thickly laid over their that effected the ruin of our expedition, which faces and shoulders, that it was difficult to as- there was every reason to believe would have certain what they were like. On Thursday, been attended with the most favourable issue. the 4th of September, we sailed out of Adven Next morning we got sight of the island Huature - Bay, 'steering first towards the east- heine; and a double canoe soon coming alongsouth-east,
and then the northward of side, containing ten natives, I saw among them east, when, on the 19th, we came in sight of a a young man who recollected me, and called me claster of small rocky islands, which I named by my name. I had been here in the year 1780, Bounty Jeles. Soon afterwards we frequently with Captain Cook, in the Resolution. A few observed the sea, in the night-time, to be cover- days after sailing from this island, the weather ed by luminous spots, caused by ainazing, quan- became squally, and a thick body of black clouds tities of small blubbers or medusæ , which emit collected in the east. A water-spout was in a a light, like the blaze of a candle, from the short time seen at no great distance from us, strings or filaments extending from them, while which appeared to great advantage from the the rest of the body continues perfectly dark. darkness of the clouds behind it. As nearly as
We discovered the island of 'Otaheite on the I could judge, the upper part was about two feet 25th, and, before casting anchor next morning in in diameter, and the lower about eight inches. Matavai Bay, such numbers of cauoes had come Scarcely had I made these remarks, when I oboff, that, after the natives ascertained we were served that it was rapidly advancing towards friends, they came on board, and crowded the the ship. We inmediately altered our course, deck so much, that in ten minutes I could scarce and took in all the sails except the foresail ; soon find my own people. The whole distance which after which it passed within ten yards of the the ship had run, in direct and contrary courses, stern, with a rustling noise, but without our from the time of leaving England until reaching feeling the least elfect from its being so near. Otaheite, was twenty-seven thousand and eighty- It seemed to be travelling at the rate of about six miles, which, on an average, was one hun- ten miles an hour, in the direction of the wind, dred and' eight miles cach twenty-four hours. and it dispersed in a qnarter of an hour after Here we lost our surgeon on the 9th of De- passing us. It is impossible to say what injary cember. of late he had scarcely ever stirred we should have received, had it passed directly out of the cabin, though not apprehended to be over us. Masts, I imagine might have been in a dangerous state. Nevertheless, appearing carried away, but I do not apprehend that it worse than usual in the evening, he was remov would have caused the loss of the ship. ed where he could obtain more air, but without Passing several islands on the way, we anchored any benefit, for he died in an hour afterwards. at Annamooka, on the 23d of April, and an old This unfortunate man drank very hard, and was lame inan called 'Tepa, whom I had known here
in 1977, and immediately recollected, came on manded the intention of giving this order, and board, along with others, from different islands endeavoured to persuade the people near me not in the vicinity. They were desirous to see the to persist in such acts of violence; but it was to ship, and, ou being taken below, where the no effect; for the constant answer was, "Hold bread-fruit-plants were arranged, they testified your tongue, Sir, or you are dead this moment." great surprise. A few of these being decayed, The master had by this time sent, requesting we went on shore to procure some in their place that he might come on peck, which was permit
The natives exhibited namerous marks of the ted; but he was soon ordered back again to his peculiar mourning which they express on losing cabin. My exertions to turn the tide of affairs their relatives ; such as bloody temples, their were continued ; when Christian, changing the heads being deprived of most of the hair, and, cutlass he held for a bayonet, and holding me what was worse, almost the whole of them had by the cord about my hands with a strong gripe, lost some of their fingers. Several fine boys, threatened me with immediate death if I would not above six years old, had lost both their little not be quiet; and the villains around me had fingers; and several of the men, besides these, had their pieces cocked and bayonets fixed. parted with the middle finger of the right hand. Certain individuals were called on to get into
The chiefs went off with me to dinner, and the boat, and were hurried over the ship's side; we carried on a brisk trade for yams; we also whence 1 concluded, that along with them I was got plantains and bread-fruit. But the yams were to be set adrift. Another effort to bring about in great abundance, and very fine aud large. a change produced nothing but menaces of bav. One of them weighed above forty-five pounds. ing my brains blown out. Sailing canoes came, some of which contained The boatswain and those seamen who were to not less than ninety passengers. Such a number be put into the boat, were allowed to collect of them gradually arrived from different islands, twine, canvas, lines, sails, cordage, an eightthat it was impossible to get any thing done, and-twenty gallon cask of water; and Mr. Sathe multitude became so great, and there was muel got 150 pounds of bread, with a small no chief of sufficient authority to command the quantity of rum and wine; also a quadrant and whole. I therefore ordered a watering party, compass; but he was prohibited, on pain of death, then employed, to come on board, and sailed on to touch any map or astronomical book, and any Sunday, the 26th of April.
instrument, or any of my surveys and drawings. We kept near the island of Kotoo all the The mutineers having thus forced those of the afternoon of Monday, in hopes that some canoes seamen whom they wished to get rid of into the would come off to the ship, but in this we were boat, Christian directed a dram to be served to disappointed. The wind being northerly, we each of his crew. I then unhappily saw that steered to the westward in the evening, to pass nothing could be done to recover the ship. The south of Tofoa ; and I gave directions for this officers were next called on deck, and forced courge to be continued during the night. The over the ship's side into the boat, while I was master had the first watch, the gunner the middle kept apart from every one abaft the mizen-mast. watch, and Mr. Christian the morning watch. Christian, armed with a bayonet, held the cord This was the turn of duty for the night. fastening my hands, and the guard around me
Hitherto the voyage had advanced in a course stood with their pieces cocked; but on my daring of uninterrupted prosperity, and had been attended the ungrateful wretches to fire, they uncocked with circumstances equally pleasing and satis- them. Isaac Martin, one of them, I saw had an factory. But a very different scene was now to inclination to assist me; and as he fed me with be disclosed; a conspiracy had been formed, shadock, my lips being quite parched, we exwhich was to render all our past labour pro: plained each other's sentimente by looks. But ductive only of misery and distress; and it had this was observed, and he was removed. He been concerted with so nuch secrecy and cir- then.got into the boat, attempting to leave the cumspection, that no one circumstance escaped ship; however, he was compelled to return. to betray the impending calamity.
Some others were also kept contrary to their On the night of Monday, the watch was set inclination. as I have described. Just before sunrise, on It appeared to me, that Christian was some Tuesday morning, while I was yet asleep, Mr. time in doubt whether he should keep the carChristian, with the master-at-arms, gunner's mate, penter or his mates. At length he determined on and Thomas Burkitt, seaman, came into my cabin, the latter, and the carpenter was ordered into and, seizing me, tied my hands with a cord be- the boat. He was permitted, though not without hind any back; threatening me with instant death opposition, to take his tool-chest. if I spoke or made the least noiso. I never Mr. Samuel secured my journals and commission, theless called out as loud as I could, in hopes with some important ship-papers ; this he did of assistance; but the officers not of their party with great resolution, though strictly watched. were already secured by sentinels at their doors. He attempted to save the time - keeper, and a At my own cabin-door were three men, besides box with my surveys, drawings, and remarks for the four within; all except Christian had mus fifteen years past, which were very numerous, kets and bayonets; he had only a cutlass. I was when he was hurried away with—"Damn your dragged out of bed, and forced on deck in my eyes, you are well off to get what you have.“. shirt, suffering great pain in the mean time from Much altercation took place among the mutinthe lightness with which my hands were tied. ous crew during the transaction of this whole On demanding the reason of such violence, the affair. Some swore, "I'll be damned if he does only answer was abuse for not holding my tongue. not find his way home, if he gets any thing with The master, the gunner, surgeon, master's mate, him," meaning me; and when the carpenter's and Nelson, the gardener, were kept confined chest was carrying away, “Damn my eyes, he below, and the fore-hatchway was guarded by will have a vessel built in a month ; while sentinels. The boatswain and carpenter, and others ridiculed the helpless situation of the also the clerk, were allowed to coine on deck, boat, which was very deep in the water, and where they saw me standing abaft the mizen- had so little room for those who were in her. mast, with my hands tied behind my back, under As for Christian, he seemed as if meditating dea guard, with Christian at their head. The boat-struction on himself and every one else. swain was then ordered to hoist out the launch, I asked for arms, but the mutineers laughed accompanied by a threat, if he did not do it in- at me, and said I was well acquainted with the stantly, TO TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF.
people among whom I was going; four cutlasses, The boat being hoisted out, Mr. Hayward and however, were thrown into the boat, after we Mr. Hallet, two of the midshipmen, and Mr. were veered astern. Samuel, the clerk, were ordered into it. I de The oflicers and meu being in the boat, they
only waited for me, of which the master-at-arms, of these alone I should gladly have taken him with informed Christian, who then said, “Come, Cap-me. But he had always borne a good character. tain Bligh, your officers and men are now in When I had time to reflect, an inward satisthe boat, and you must go with them; if you faction prevented the depression of my spirits. attempt to make the least resistance, you will Yet, a few hours before, my situation had been instantly be put to death ;" and without further peculiarly flattering; I had a ship in the most ceremony, I was forced over the side by a tribe perfect order, stored with every necessary, both of armed 'raffians, where they untied my hands. for health and service; the object of the voyage Being in the boat, we were veered astern by a was attained, and two-thirds of it now completed. rope. A few pieces of pork were thrown to us, The remaining part had every prospect of sacalso the four cutlasses. The armourer and cess. It will naturally be asked, what could be carpenter then called out to me to remember the cause of such a revolt? In answer, I can that they had no hand in the transaction. After only conjecture that the mutineers had flattered having been kept some time to make sport for themselves with the hope of a happier life these unfeeling wretches, and having undergone among the Otaheitians than they could possibly much ridicule, we were at length cast adrift in cnjoy in England; which, joined to some female the open ocean.
connexions, most probably occasioned the whole Eighteen persons were with me in the boat - transaction. The women of Otaheite are handthe master, acting surgeon, botanist, gunner, some, mild, and cheerful in manners and corboatswain, carpenter, master, and quarter-ma- versation ; possessed of great sensibility, and ster's mate, two quarter-masters, the sail-maker, have sufficient delicacy to make them be admired two cooks, my clerk, the butcher, and a boy and beloved. The chiefs were so much attached There remained on board, Fletcher Christian, to our people, that they rather enconraged their the master's mate; Peter Haywood, Edward stay among them than otherwise, and even made Young, George Stewart, midshipmen ; the ma-them promises of large possessions. Under these, ster-at-arms, gunner's mate, boatswain's mate, and many other concomitant circumstances, it gardener, armourer, carpenter's mate, carpenter's onght hardly to be the sabject of surprise that crew, and fourteen seamen, being altogether the a set of sailors, most of them void of connexions, most' able men of the ship's company. Having should be led away, where they had the power little or no wind, we rowed pretty fast towards of fixing themselves in the midst of pleniy, in the island of Tofoa, which bore north-east about one of the finest islands in the world, where ten leagues distant. The ship while in sight there was no necessity to labour, and where the steered west-north - west, but this I considered allurements of dissipation are beyond any cononly as a feint, for when we were sent away, ception that can be formed of it. The utmost, “Hüzza for Otaheite!" was frequently heard however, that a Commander could have expected, among the mutineers.
was desertions, such as have already happcaed Christian, the chief of them, was of a respect- more or less in the South Seas, and not an act able family in the north of England. This was of open mutiny. the third voyage he had made with me. Not But the secrecy of this mutiny surpasses bewithstanding the roughness with which I was lief. Thirteen of the party who were now with treated,
the remembrance of past kindnesses me had always lived forward among the seamen; produced some remorse in him. While they were yet neither they, nor the messmates of Chrisforcing me out of the ship, I asked him whether tian, Stewart, Haywood, and Young, had ever this was a proper return for the many instances observed any circumstance to excite suspicion he had experienced of my friendship ? He ap- of what was plotting; and it is not wonderful if peared disturbed at the question, and answered, I fell a sacrifice to it, my mind being, entirely with much emotion, “That-Captain Bligh—that free from suspicion. Perhaps, had marincs been is the thing I am in hell-I am in hell." His on board, a sentinel at my cabin-door night abilities to take charge of the third watch, as I have prevented it; for I constantly slept with had so divided the ship's company, were fully the door open, that the officer of the watch equal to the task. Haywood was also of a re- might have access to me on all occasions. If spectable family in the north of England, and a the mutiny bad been occasioned by any grievyoung man of abilities, as well as Christian. ances, either real or imaginary, I must have These two had been objects of my particular discovered symptoms of discontent, which would regard and attention, and I had taken great pains have put me on my guard; but it was far otherto instruct them, having entertained hopes that, wise. With Christian, in particular, I was on as professional men, they would have become a the most friendly terms; that very day he was credit to their country. Young was well re- engaged to have dined with me; and the precommended ; and Stewart of creditable parents ceding night he excused himself from supping in the Orkneys, at which place, on the return of with me on pretence of indisposition, for which the Resolution from the South Seas in 1780, we i felt concerned, having no suspicions of his received so many civilities, that in consideration honour or integrity.
NO TESTO M A N F R E D.
-The sunbow's rays still arch
He who front out their fountain - dxellinge The torrent with the many hues of heaven. (p. 359.
rained This Iris is formed by the rays of the sun Eros and Anteros, at Gadara. over the lower part of the Alpine torrents: it is exactly like a rainbow, come down to pay a The philosopher lamblicus. The story of the visit, and so close that you may walk into it :-raising of Eros and Anteros may be found in this effect lasts till noon.
his life, by Eunapius. It is well told.
-The giant-sons lo words of dubious import, but fulfill'd.
of the embrace of angels.
(p. 366. (p. 361.
“That the Sons of God saw the danghters of The story of Pausanias, king of Sparta (who men, that they were fair." commanded the Greeks at the battle of Platea, "There were giants in the carth in those and afterwarde perished for an attempt to be- days; and also after that, when the Sons of God tray the Lacedemonians), and Cleonice, is told came in unto the daughters of men, and they in Plutarch's life of Cimon; and in the Laconics bare children to them, the same became mighty of Pausanias the Sophist, in his description of men which were of old, men of renown.”—Genesis, Greece.
ch. vi, 3. 4.
NOTES TO MARINO FALIERO.
I smote the tardy dishop at Treviso.
Then, when the Hebrew's in thy palaces. (p. 410. An historical fact.
The chief palaces on the Brenta now belong
to the Jews, who in the earlier times of the A gondola with one oar only. (p. 379. Republic were only allowed to inhabit Mestri, A gondola is not like a common boat, but is and not to enter the city of Venice. The whole as easily rowed with one oar as with two (though commerce is in the hands of the Jews and of course not 80 swiftly), and often is 80 from Greeks, and the Huns form the garrison. motives of privacy, and (since the decay of Venice) of economy.
Thou den of drunkards with the blood of princes.
(p. 416. They think themselves
of the first fifty Doges, five abdicated-five Engaged in secret to the Signory. (p. 388. were banished with their eyes put out-five An historical fact.
were MASSACRED—and nine deposed; so that
nineteen out of fifty lost the throne by violence, Within our palace precincts at San Polo. besides two who fell in batile: this occurred
(p. 398. long previous to the reign of Marino Paliero. The Doge's private family-palace.
One of his more immediate predecessors, Andrea
Dandolo, died of vexation. Marino Faliero him“Signor of the Night."
[p: 400. self perished as related. Amongst his successors, “I Signori di Notte" held an important charge Foscari, after seeing hją son repeatedly tortured in the old Republic.
and banished, was deposed, and died of breaking
a blood-vessel, on hearing the bell of Saint Festal Thursday.
(p. 403. Mark's toll for the election of his successor, “Giovedi Grasso," "fat or greasy Thursday," Morosini was impeached for the loss of Candia; which I cannot literally translate in the text, but this was previous to his dukedom, during was the day.
which he conquered the Morea, and was styled
the Peloponnesian. Faliero might truly say, Guards ! let their mouths be gaggd, even in
"Thou den of drunkards with the blood of the act.
(p. 403. Historical fact.
princes!" Say, conscript fathers, shall she be admitted ?
A P P E N D I X. The Venetian senate took the same title as the Roman, of “Conscript Fathers."
1. 'Tis with age, then.
[p. 409. 'This was the actual reply of Bailli, maire of
MCCCLIV. Paris, to a Frenchman who made him the same MARINO FALIERO, DOGB XLIX. reproach on his way to execution, in the earliest part of their revolution. I find in reading over “Fu eletto da quarantuno Elettori, il quale (since the completion of this tragedy), for the era Cavaliere e Conte di Valdemarino in Trivifirst time these six years, “Venice Preserved," giana, ed era ricco, e si trovava Ambasciadore a similar reply on a different occasion by Re- a Roma. -- E così a di 11. di Settembre fu nault, and other coincidences arising from the creato il prefato Marino Faliero Doge. E sugubject. I need hardly remind the gentlest reader, bito furono spedite lettere al detto Doge, il quale that such coincidences must be accidental, from era a Roma Oratore al Legato di Papa Innothe very facility of their detection by reference cenzo VI. ch'era in Avignone. Fu preso ne! to so popolar a play on the stage and in the gran Consiglio d'eleggere dodici Ambasciadori closet as "Otway's chef-d'æuvre.
incontro a Marino Faliero Doge il quale veniva
da Roma. E giunto a Chioggia, il Podestà mandò Beggars for nobles, panders for a people! Taddeo Giustiniani suo figliuolo incontro, con
[p. 410. quindici Ganzaruoli. E poi venuto a S. Cle. Should the dramatic picture seem harsh, let mente nel Bucintoro, venne un gran caligo, adeo the reader look to the historical, of the period che il Bucintoro non si poté levare. Laonde il prophesied, or rather of the few years preced- Doge co' Gentiluomini nelle piatte vennero di ing that period. Voltaire calculated their inostre lungo in questa Terra a' 5. d'Ottobre del 1354. benemerite Meretrici" at 12,000 of regulars, E dovendo smontare alla riva della Paglia per without including volunteers and local militia, In caligo andarono ad ismontare alla riva della on what authority I know not; but it is perhaps Piazza in mezzo alle due Colonne dove si fa la the only part of the population not decrčased. Giustizia, che fu un malissimo augurio. Ba' 6.
la mattina venne alla Chiesa di San Marco alla | liero suo nipote, il quale stava con lui in Pz. landazione di quello."
lazzo, e entrarono in questa macchinazione. Ne “Trattato di Messer Marino Faliero Doge, si partirono di lì, che inandarono per Filippo tratto da una Cronica antica. Essendo venuto Calendaro, uono marittimo e di gran seguito, e il Giovedi della Caccia, fa fatta giusta il solito per Bertucci Israello, ingegnere e uomo astala ('accia. E a' que' tempi dopo fatta la Caccia tissimo. E consigliatisi insieme diede ordine di e andava in Pallazo del Doge in una di quelle chiamare alcuni altri. E cosi per alcuni giorni Sale, e con donne facevasi una festiccinola, dove la notte si riducevano insieme in Palazzo in si ballava fino alla prima Campana, e veniva casa del Doge. E chiamarono a parte a parte una Colazione; la quale spesa faceva' Messer lo altri, videlicet Niccolò Fagiuolo, Giovanni da Doge, quando vi era la Dogaressa. E poscia Corfù, Stefano Fagiano, Niccolò dalle Bende, tutti andavano a casa sua. Sopra la qual festa, Niccolò Biondo, e Stefano Trivisano. E ordino pare, che Ser Michele Steno, molto giovane e di fare sedici o diciasetie Capi in diversi luoghi povero Gentiluomo, ma ardito e astuto, il qual' della Terra, i quali avessero cadaan di loro era innamorato in certa donzella della Doga- quarant'uomini provvigionati, preparati, non diressa, essendo sul Solajo appresso le Donne, facendo a' detti suoi quaranta quello, che voles. cesse cert' atto non conveniente, adeo che il sero fare. Ma che il giorno stabilito si mostrasse Doge comendò ch'e' fosse buttato giù dal Solajo. di far questione tra loro in diversi luoghi, acE cosi quegli Scudieri del Doge lo spinsero giù ciocchè il Doge facesse sonare a San Marco le di quel solajo. Laonde a Ser Michele parve, Campane, le quali non si possono suonare, s che fossegli stata fatta troppo grande ignominia egli nol comanda. E al suono delle Campane E non considerando altramente il fine, ma 80- questi sedici o diciasette co' suoi uomini venispra quella passione fornita la Festa, è andati sero a San Marco alle strade, che buttano ia intti via, quella notte egli andò, e sulla cadrega, Piazza. E cosi i nobili e primarj Cittadini, che dove sedeva il Doge nella Sala dell' Udienza venissero in Piazza, per sapere del romore ciò (perchè allora i Dogi non tenevano panno di ch'era, li tagliassero a pezzi. E seguito questo, seta sopra la cadrega, ma sedevano in una ca che fosse chiamato per Signore Messer Marino drega di legno) scrisse alcune parole disoneste Faliero Doge. E fermate le cose tra loro, stadel Doge e della Dogaressa, cioè': Marin Faliero bilito fu, che questo dovess' essere a' 15 d'Aprile dalla bella moglie: Altri la gode, ed egli la man- del 1355 in giorno di Mercoledi. La quale matiene. E la mattina furono vedute tali parole chinazione trattata fu tra loro tanto segretascritte. E parve una brutta cosa. E per la mente, che mai nè pure se ne sospetto, non che Signoria su commessa la cosa agli Avvogadori se ne sapesse cos' alcuna. Ma il Signor Iddio, del Comune con grande efficacia. "I quali Avvo- che ha sempre ajutato questa gloriosissima Città gadori subito diedero taglia grande per venire e che per le santimonie e giustizie sue mai non In chiaro della verità di chi avea scritto tal let- i l'ha abbandonata, ispirò a un Beltramo Bergatera. E tandem si seppe, che Michele Steno masco, il quale fu messo Capo di quarant' voniai aveale scritte. E fu per la Quarantia preso di per uno de' detti congiurati (il quale intese ritenerlo; e ritenuto confessò, che in quella pas- qualche parola, sicche comprese l'effetto, che sione di essere stato spinto giù dal Solajo, pre-doveva succedere, e il qual era di casa di Ser sente la sua amante, egli aveale scritte. 'Onde Niccolò Lioni de Santo Stefano) di andare a di. poi fu placitato nel detto Consiglio, e parve al d'Aprile a Casa del detto Ser Niccolò Lioni. E Consiglio si per rispetto all' età, come per la gli disse ogni cosa dell'ordin dato. Il quale caldezza d'amore, di condannarlo a compiere due intese le cose, rimase come inorto; e intese mesi in prigione serrato, e poi ch' e' fusse ban- molte particolarità, il detto Beltramo il prego dito di Venezia e dal distretto per un anno. Per che lo tenesse segreto, e glielo disse, acciocchè la qual condennagione tanto piccola il Doge ne il detto Ser Niccolò non si partisse di casa a di prese grande sdegno, parendogli che non fosse 15 acciochè egli non fosse morto. Ed egli vostata fatta quella estimazione della cosa, che lendo partirsi, il fece ritenere a suoi di casa, e ricercava la sua dignità del Ducato. E diceva, serrarlo in una camera Ed esso andò a casa ch' eglino doveano averlo fatto appiccare per la di M. Giovanni Gradenigo Nasone, il quale fa gola, o saltem bandirlo in perpetuo da Venezia. poi Doge, che stava anch'egli a Santo Stefaso; E perchè (qnando deve succedere un effetto è e dissegli la cosa. La quale parendogli, com'era, necessario che vi concorra la cagione a fare tal' | d'una grandissima importanza, tutti e due anda. effetto) era destinato, che a Messer Marino Doge rono a casa di Ser Marco Cornaro, che stava fosse tagliata la testa, perciò occorse, che en a San Felice. E dettogli il tutto, tutti e tre trata la Quaresima il giorno dopo che fu con- deliberarono di venire a casa del detto Ser Niedannato il detto Ser Michele Steno, un Gentil- colò Lioni, ed esaminare il detto Beltramo. B uomo da Cà Barbaro, di natura collerico, an- quello esaminato, intese le cose, il fecero stare dasse all' Arsenale, Jomandasse certe cose ai serrato. E andarono tutti e tre a San Salvatore Padroni, ed era alla presenza de Signori l'Am- in Sacristia, e mandarono i loro famigli a chimiraglio dell' Arsenale. Il quale intesa la do- amare i Consiglieri, gli Avvogadori, i Capi de manda, disse, che non si poteva fare. Quel Gen. Dieci, e que' del Consiglio. E ridotti insieme tiluomo venne a parole collo_Ammiraglio, e die- dissero loro le cose. I quali rimasero morti. B degli un pugno su un'ochio. E perché avea un'- deliberarono di mandare pel detto Beltramo, e anello in deto, coll' anello gli ruppe la pelle, e fattolo venire cautamente, ed esaminatolo, e vefece sangue. E l'Ammiraglio cosi baituto e in- rificate le cose, ancorchè ne sentissero gran passanguinato andò al Doge a lamentarsi, acciocchè sione, pure pensarono la provvisione.. E manil Doge facesse fare gran punizione contra il darono pe' Capi de Quaranta, pe' Signori di detto da Cà Barbaro; 11 Doge disse: Che vuoi notte, pe Capi de' Sestieri, e pe Cinque della che ti faccia? Guarda le ignominiose parole Pace. E ordinato, ch' eglino colore domini scritte di me,, e il modo ch'è stato punito quel trovassero degli altri buoni uomini, e mandasribaldo di Michele Steno, che le scrisse. E quale sero a casa de Capi de congiurati, ut supro stima hanno i Quaranta fatto della persona no
mettessero loro le mani addosso. E tolsero i stra. Laonde l'Ammiraglio gli disse: Messer lo detti le Maestrerie dello Arsenale, acciocchè i Doge, se voi volete farvi Signore, e fare tagliare provvisionati de congiurati non potessero offentutti questi becchi Gentiluomini a pezzi, mi basta derli. E si ridossero in Palazzo verso la sera. l'aninio, dandomi voi ajuto, di farvi Signore di Dore ridotti fecero serrare le porte de la corte questa Terra. E allora voi potrete castigare del Palazzo. E mandarono a ordinare al Cantutti costoro. Intese queste, il Doge disse, come panaro, che non sonasse le t'ampane. E cosi fa si può fare una simile cosa? E cosi entrarono eseguito, e messe le mani addosso a tutti i noin ragionamento.
minati di sopra, furono que' condotti al Palazzo. “Il Doge mandò a chiamare Ser Bertucci Fa-le vedendo il Consiglio de' Dieci, che il Doge