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Carne, John: Letters from the East... London, Henry Colburn, 1826, 2 volumes.

 

 

In the lazaretto of Zante

 

 

 

Ionian Islands, 1824-1825

In the spacious court beneath were confined a number of people, who took their meals, and danced and sung, and slept in the open air; they displayed a true Greek vivacity and recklessness. But many, more unfortunate, were ill; for the air beneath was close and unwholesome, and their lodging was the small Greek church that opened into the court: a surgeon visited them every day, and here a few of them breathed their last! Their appearance was melancholy and distressing: after long absence from their homes and families, they were confined here for a month or more on their return.

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