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ADVERTISEMENT.

"The grand army of the Turks (in 17 15), under the Prime Vizier, to open to themselves a way into the heart of the Morea, and to form the siege of NapoU di Romania, the most considerable place in all that country,^ thought it best in the first place to attack Corinth, upon which they made several storms. The garrison being weakened, and the governor seeing it was impossible to hold out such a place against so mighty a force, thought it fit to beat a parley : but while they were treating about the articles, one of the magazines in the Turkish camp, I . Napoli di Romania is not now the most considerable place in the Morea, but Tiipolitza, where the Pacha resides, and maintains his government. Napoli is near Argos, I visited all three in 1810-11 ; and, in the course of journeying through the country from my first arrival in 1809, I crossed the Isthmus eight times in my way from Attica to the Morea, over the mountains ; or in the other direction, when passing from the Gulf of Athens to that of Lepanto. Both the routes are picturesque and beautiful, though very different : that by sea has more sameness ; but the voyage, being always within sight of land, and often very near it, presents many attractive views of the islands Salamis, iEgina, Poros, etc., and the coast of the Continent. [" Independently of the suitableness of such an event to the power of Lord Byron's genius, the Fall of Corinth afforded local attrac- tions, by the intimate knowledge which the poet had of the place and surrounding objects. . . . Thus furnished with that topographical information which could not be well obtained from books and maps, he was admirably qualified to depict the various operations and progress of the siege." — Memoir of the Life and Writings of the

Right Honourable Lord Byrorty London, 1822, p. 222