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COUNCIL OF TEN.

VOLUME THE FIRST.

LOREDANO. We have decided.
Doge.

We!
LOREDANO,

The Ten in Council. LORD BYRON.

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THE

COUNCIL OF TEN.

N• I.

JUNE, MDCCCXXII.

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MEETING OF THE COUNCIL.

On the 25th of April, in the year 1822, was held the first regular meeting of “ The Council of Ten,” for the despatch of business. Our present place of assembly must remain a secret ; partly, because it is not adapted to become a permanent council-chamber, and, if known, might somewhat compromise our dignity; partly, because we have no wish that the drunken heroes of the metropolis should endeavour to intrude upon our retirement, and disturb us in our midnight consultations. They, however, who are inquisitive about such matters, may figure to themselves a large dark room, hung round with maps, plans, and trigonometrical surveys of various countries, provinces, and departments; and a table, at which are seated the president, and other members of our body, covered with acts of parliament, papers, documents, and journals in many languages. They may imagine the countenances and deportment of all present, such as may befit high judicial and inquisitorial functions; although not, perhaps, exactly indicative of that deep mystery and that awful solemnity, which distinguished VOL. I.

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