We cannot know Dr Francesco Antommarchi's (1789?-1838) thoughts as he
finally sailed into tiny St Helena on September 10, 1819. The two-month passage
from England across the south Atlantic in an aging frigate had been terrible.
A squadron of British warships guarding the island may have deepened his baleful
mood. On the other hand, perhaps Antommarchi was mostly glad finally to be
rid of the two priests who had accompanied him since he had left Rome nine
months earlier, an ironic pair of traveling companions for a man of his impious
character. Still, on this volcanic prison, he would never be far from them,
or from his new patient, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former Emperor of the Republic.
Lurie SJ. Plate From. JAMA. 2001;286(9):1008–1009. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1008
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