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Fragments of Stone” in American Court 15 running a documented authenticity check before her reckless transaction. ” Cudahy stated, “The mosaics are the virtually unique remnants of an earlier artistic period and should be returned to their homeland and their rightful owner. This is the case not only because the mosaics belong there, but as a reminder that greed and callous disregard for the property, history and culture of others cannot be countenanced by the world community or by this court” (Trial 27).

The group included the statesman Edward Everett, historians George Ticknor and George Bancroft, and Harvard librarian Joseph Coolidge—a future in-law of Thomas Jefferson. Byron may even have met a future vice president of the United States, George Mifflin Dallas. To each he offered special courtesies and letters of introduction. “Whenever an American requests to see me—(which is not unfrequently),” Byron wrote in his journal, “I comply—1stly. because I respect a people who acquired their freedom by firmness without excess—and 2ndly.

5 In this context, Baptisto’s wisdom resides in keeping his “evenness of temper,” which enables him to take “the only likely method, to appease / A mob,—who are most difficult to please” (1290, 1295–96). So he provides “thirty gallons of rum” (1368) and accepts the ritual humiliation of donning a pair of horns (1363–64). The narrator’s summary pits Baptisto’s tolerance and good humor against those who would suppress the custom: And having got Baptisto to his bed Once more—in safety to his heart’s delight And all the crowd dispers’d who had been led To join in sports, which Custom form’d, not spite, And which, I trust, will ever still be said;— Tir’d of my idle rhymes,—I wish, Good night, To all, who may or have not been amus’d With thoughts, in harmless humour here diffus’d.

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