Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship Collingwood, from 1844 to 1848 Volume 1

Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship Collingwood, from 1844 to 1848 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...of my mind; and, as Leon said the man liyed at a neighbouring estate out of the road, the conviction we were not likely to meet, and the sweet freshness of the morning air, dispelled my fears, and at last I even put down the whole affair as rather a. good joke. We now entered amidst a range of small hills, scattered in every possible direction: a large stream 216 THE VISIT. ran through the defile, and trees and bushes varied the monotony of the road, if road it could be called. It was only a track in the pasture-grounds, and one small rut, which marked where the carriage of my hosts had come, seemed the only civilized trace about it. The morning wore on, and just as the sun began to get oppressive we arrived. The house, which belonged to the richest man, perhaps, in Chili, had formerly been a Jesuit convent, and still bore the name of the Compania, as having belonged to the Company of Jesus. The noble estate round it, about one hundred and twenty thousand acres, had been one of their best possessions, nor had the holy fathers judged badly when they chose it. It comprised the whole of a plain, shut in on every side, and all up to the snow-topped Cordilleras on the east, whose extent I have not comprised in my acres, was theirs. On the suppression of the Jesuits it had been bought for a nominal value by the ancestors of its present mistress, who married during the Revolution, and has now a numerous family. Her brother, to whom the whole estate would have gone, on the breaking out of the Revolution espoused the loyalist cause. He probably fell in some skirmish, certainly never appeared again. She was threatened with THE counrav noosn. 217 confiscation, but by a judicious marriage with the son of a man of great influence in the opposite...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894286
  • 9781236894281