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The two bodies found yesterday were those of sailors.  All have now come to land but those of the Ossolis and Horace Sumner.  If not found in the wreck, they will be cast ashore to the westward of this, as the current has set in that direction since the gale.

Yours, &c.

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THE WRECK OF THE ELIZABETH.

From a conversation with Mrs. Hasty, widow of the captain of the ill-fated Elizabeth, we gather the following particulars of her voyage and its melancholy termination.

We have already stated that Captain Hasty was prostrated, eight days after leaving Leghorn, by a disease which was regarded and treated as fever, but which ultimately exhibited itself as small-pox of the most malignant type.  He died of it just as the vessel reached Gibraltar, and his remains were committed to the deep.  After a short detention in quarantine, the Elizabeth resumed her voyage on the 8th ultimo, and was long baffled by adverse winds.  Two days from Gibraltar, the terrible disease which had proved fatal to the captain attacked the child of the Ossolis, a beautiful boy of two years, and for many days his recovery was regarded as hopeless.  His eyes were completely closed for five days, his head deprived of all shape, and his whole person covered with pustules; yet, through the devoted attention of his parents and their friends, he survived, and at length gradually recovered.  Only a few scars and red spots remained on his face and body, and these were disappearing, to the great joy of his mother, who felt solicitous that his rare beauty should not be marred at his first meeting with those she loved, and especially her mother.

At length, after a month of slow progress, the wind shifted, and blew strongly from the southwest for several days, sweeping them rapidly on their course, until, on Thursday evening last, they knew that they were near the end of their voyage.  Their trunks were brought up and repacked, in anticipation of a speedy arrival in port.  Meantime, the breeze gradually swelled to a gale, which became decided about nine o’clock on that evening.  But their ship was new and strong, and all retired to rest as usual.  They were running west, and supposed themselves about sixty miles farther south than they actually were.  By their reckoning, they would be just off the harbor of New York next morning.  About half past two o’clock, Mr. Bangs, the mate in command, took soundings, and reported twenty-one fathoms.  He said that depth insured their safety till daylight, and turned in again.  Of course, all was thick around the vessel, and the storm howling fiercely.  One hour afterward, the ship struck with great violence, and in a moment was fast aground.  She was a stout brig of 531 tons, five years old, heavily laden with marble, &c., and drawing seventeen feet water.  Had she been light, she might have floated over the

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