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and no passenger, survives, though several of the crew came ashore after she did, in a similar manner.  The last who came reports that the child had been washed away from the man who held it before the ship broke up, that Ossoli had in like manner been washed from the foremast, to which he was clinging; but, in the horror of the moment, Margaret never learned that those she so clung to had preceded her to the spirit land.  Those who remained of the crew had just persuaded her to trust herself to a plank, in the belief that Ossoli and their child had already started for the shore, when just as she was stepping down, a great wave broke over the vessel and swept her into the boiling deep.  She never rose again.  The ship broke up soon after (about 10 A.M.  Mrs. Hasty says, instead of the later hour previously reported); but both mates and most of the crew got on one fragment or another.  It was supposed that those of them who were drowned were struck by floating spars or planks, and thus stunned or disabled so as to preclude all chance of their rescue.

We do not know at the time of this writing whether the manuscript of our friend’s work on Italy and her late struggles has been saved.  We fear it has not been.  One of her trunks is known to have been saved; but, though it contained a good many papers, Mrs. Hasty believes that this was not among them.  The author had thrown her whole soul into this work, had enjoyed the fullest opportunities for observation, was herself a partaker in the gallant though unsuccessful struggle which has redeemed the name of Rome from the long rust of sloth, servility, and cowardice, was the intimate friend and compatriot of the Republican leaders, and better fitted than any one else to refute the calumnies and falsehoods with which their names have been blackened by the champions of aristocratic “order” throughout the civilized world.  We cannot forego the hope that her work on Italy has been saved, or will yet be recovered.

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The following is a complete list of the persons lost by the wreck of the ship Elizabeth:—­

  Giovanni, Marquis Ossoli. 
  Margaret Fuller Ossoli. 
  Their child, Eugene Angelo Ossoli. 
  Celesta Pardena, of Rome. 
  Horace Sumner, of Boston. 
  George Sanford, seaman (Swede). 
  Henry Westervelt, seaman (Swede). 
  George Bates, steward.

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A great soul has passed from this mortal stage of being by the death of MARGARET FULLER, by marriage Marchioness Ossoli, who, with her husband and child, Mr. Horace Sumner of Boston,[A] and others, was drowned in the wreck of the brig Elizabeth from Leghorn for this port, on the south shore of Long Island, near Fire Island, on Friday afternoon last.  No passenger survives to tell the story of that night of horrors, whose fury appalled many of our snugly sheltered citizens reposing securely in their beds.  We can adequately realize what it must have been to voyagers approaching our coast from the Old World, on vessels helplessly exposed to the rage of that wild southwestern gale, and seeing in the long and anxiously expected land of their youth and their love only an aggravation of their perils, a death-blow to their hopes, an assurance of their temporal doom!

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