Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea By Richard Henry Dana, Jr.





























































































































 -   He was buried in Rome
in the Protestant Cemetery, whose cypresses cast their long shadows
over the graves of many - Page 5
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He Was Buried In Rome In The Protestant Cemetery, Whose Cypresses Cast Their Long Shadows Over The Graves Of Many Distinguished Foreigners Who Have Sought A Last Refuge Of Health And Peace Under The Skies Of Italy.

Such a career as his would seem far enough from being a failure. Yet, in retirement, Dana looked back

Upon it not without regret. As a lawyer, he had felt a justifiable desire to see his labors crowned by his elevation to the bench; as an active participant in public affairs, he had felt that his services and talents rendered him deserving of a seat in Congress. Lacking these things, he might have hoped that the practice of his profession would yield him a fortune. Here again he was disappointed. In seeking the fulfillment of his ambitions, he was always on the high road to success; he never quite arrived.

It is remarkable that, having written one successful book, Dana did not seek further reward as a man of letters. Two Years before the Mast appeared in 1840, while its author was still a law student. Though at the time it created no great stir in the United States, it was most favorably received in England, where it paved the way for many pleasant and valuable acquaintanceships. The following year, Dana produced a small volume on seamanship, entitled The Seaman's Friend. This, and a short account of a trip to Cuba in 1859, constitute the sole additions to his early venture. He was a copious letter-writer and kept full journals of his various travels; but he never elaborated them for publication.

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