Excerpt from The Italian Volunteers and Lombard Rifle Brigade: Being an Authentic Narrative of the Organization, Adventures, and Final Disbanding of These Corps, in 1848-49
IN these times, when the most extraordinary events press one upon another with strange rapidity, and th... e future looks dark and big with tempests, I hardly know whether these unstudied pages, alike devoid of exaggeration or ¿attery, and dictated by a sense of justice alone, will be favourably received by the public. I hesitated and doubted much before giving them to the light, not only from a consciousness of my inexperience as an author, but from the fear of being judged presumptuous in calling the attention of others to details which frequently assume the impress of a personal narrative.
I was induced, however, to overcome my natural timidity by the kind encouragement which I met with from many whom I consulted on this subject, and, above all, by the desire of lending my assistance.
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