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He never set a squadron in the field,
In a large Gothic apartment of the Castle of Pavia, there sat a solitary individual, at a table covered with charts and manuscripts. His dress and appearance bespoke a person of studious habits; and he seemed absorbed in the perusal of a paper which lay before him.
The night was far advanced ; and the light of a single lamp, which stood by his side, fell upon his anxious features, as he rapidly turned over