LIJ'. OJ' G.&.BJB.t.LDI.
What be thought of the intrigues will be beat 1een from hia general ·
"lfy CoHB..I.DBI IN ABHa !-I am obliged to retire at from the
service, and General Pomaretti has been selected by His Majesty to
comman.d the brigade. I trust, while brave in action, you will be dis
ciplined, and strive to acquire under arms the skill which will allow you
to take your proper rank when opposed to the enemies of our country.
.A..vg. 11, 1859. "G.&.BIBALDI."
Most rapturous was the reception offered our hero at Genoa, Leghorn,
and Florence. It was pu,blicly announced that he was about to be
Generalissimo of the Central Italian League, but the people were dis
appointod, as he merely received command of the 11th Italian division.
While ILt Bologna for a few hours, he visited the tomb of the martyr,
U go Bat1si, and remained very snd and thoughtful during the whole of
his atay in the town, for the visit must have summoned up painful
recollec1 ; ions of Annita, whom Bassi quitted so shortly before her death.
Short]y after our hero was promoted to the rank of lieut.-general in the
Sardinum service, in recognition of his great merits ; and be continued to
the forces of Central Italy with the aid of General Fanti. The
army soon amounted to 30,000 well-disciplined men, and volunteers
flocked in daily. But the general bore all his bl118hing honors meekly:
thus, when he was magnificently fj)tetl by the population of Rimini, he
appeared on a balcony, and made the following remarks :-" Such demon
stratiowl of kindness and honor are extremely agreeable to m£>, because,
being myself a principle, I accept them as a sure sign that you love Italy,
her law11, her complete nationality, and independence."
Garibaldi visited in turn ail the cities of the Romagna. On arriving
at Ravenna, September 20, a frenzied joy was visible throughout that
city. The general proceeded to the governor's house, and from the
balcony of tho palace delivered the following address to tho people.
" On finding myself among the townsmen of Ravenna, I feel as if in
the bosom of my family, for here arc not only my good friends but my
savioul'l!l. Ten years ago I longed for tho happiness of once thanking
you; I am glad to reiterate my wish£>s, while announcing to you that the
independence of our country is insured. I say insured, for I feel certain
that each of us would sooner lay down his life a thowand times than
retnrn ·beneath the yoke of our oppressors.
" To 11rhatever extent my gratitude to you, my dear friends, may reach,
no one c1an &nd it exaggerated, for I am ever ready to lay down my life