honorar. for the work, and that I had no objection to go as far as 300 dollars towards
its coming out, provided it was printed in connexion with mine, and so reduced that the
two together should form a key to the whole [language ?], and words partly prosal with-
out poetical signification be not taken up in his/

On the 22nd he paid up his three amanuenses ; Gislason 20 dollars, Snorrason
the same, and Pjeturson 10, ' for what little he has done this month; leaving
12 packets of slips, i, i, and / inclusive, with Snorrason for him to work upon
during my absence, with various MSS.;' and departed for Kiel and England, which
he reached on the ist of May, only to find his father very poorly. In truth it
was now plain that the poor old man's clays were numbered; a chronic disease
of the bladder had got so inveterate that surgical skill could only prolong but not
save his life. With the exception of a flying visit to Copenhagen, which began
on the 20th of June and ended on the 8th of July, Cleasby stayed with his father
to the last. Before he left London he wrote to Pjeturson on the gth of June to
say that he was coming for a few days, and in the meantime begged him to look after
Snorrason and see how he was getting on in his work, and to write at once to say how
he himself was, and whether Gislason was in Copenhagen. As Sir Benjamin Broclie on
the Qth of June said that his father was in no immediate danger, the flying visit took
place, as has been said. During the five days he was in Copenhagen he paid up his
amanuenses and settled his accounts. On the 4th of July he writes : ' I leave behind in
Copenhagen 22 packets of slips in the care of Pjeturson and Snorrason, viz. 5 packets
of H ; i of I, I, J ; 3 of K ; 2 of L ; 2 of M ; i of N ; i of O, 0, (E, and P ; i of R ; and
6 of S.' At the same time he wrote full instructions to his two amanuenses ; Gislason's
name is now wanting, and is explained by the following entry of the same day : ' I gave
Pjeturson 60 dollars to be sent to Gislason to the Bath Kreischa, if he thought fit, in
order that he might have the full benefit of September there if his own means would not
carry him so far. I also gave Pjeturson for himself in advance, for work that might be
done in my absence, 20 dollars ; and paid Pjeturson, for Snorrason, 20 dollars in advance.'
On the same day he left Copenhagen, and, as has been said, was back in London
on the 8th, finding his father ' a shade better.'

All that month the old man lingered, and it was not till the 7ist of August that he

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sank under his disease. His deathbed, like that of his wife, was cheered by the tender-
ness of his children. After the last scene, Richard Cleasby lay down for an hour or
two, and on returning to his father's room ' found him stretched out upon the bed in
which he died, covered over with a white sheet, with a little bunch of flowering sprigs
of jasmine placed on his chest, gathered out of the little garden at the back of the
house.' On the yth he writes: 'The last ceremony was this clay performed over my
poor father's remains in the burial-ground of Paddington. The coffin was placed on
that of my mother, who herself lies upon that of poor Stephen, in one of the vaults.
Then a last adieu was said to our much-lamented parent.'

On the 4th of September, as soon as the first shock was over, Cleasby had written
as follows to Pjeturson :