Portugal and Galicia; With a Review of the Social and Political State of the Basque Provinces Volume 1

Portugal and Galicia; With a Review of the Social and Political State of the Basque Provinces Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... be governed by her King alone!" added his more impetuous companion. While I was consuming my fish and wine, a friar approached me, apparently fatigued, and said he had been travelling barefooted towards Madrid to solicit an interview with the King, but had not been allowed by the authorities to reach the capital, and was now returning to his convent. I requested him to partake of my humble fare, which he declined, saying exultingly, "Behold, my Son, the advantages attached to my holy profession;" and as he spoke, he drew from his pocket a badge of his order which admitted him into any monastery, and entitled him to a cell for the night, and to a share of the best provisions. As the soldiers were on regular duty, the Sergeant had instructions to levy horses in the name of the Government, and consequently applied to the Alcalde of the district to assist him in the execution of his orders. The appearance of this worthy officer of the Crown was beyond description ludicrous; his dress was literally in tatters; he wore no coat, but carried on one arm the remnants of what had been a jacket in his youthful days, then past some forty years; his waistcoat was of a faded crimson; his shirt-sleeves, from continual wear and little washing, had assumed a most sombre hue; his small-clothes, buttoned high on the sides, were full of gaping holes; so were his stockings; the long flaps of his pockets resembled asses' ears: the ends of his shoes turned up in front with a most extravagant flourish, while the heels were absolutely obliterated. On his head he proudly carried a peaked cap, to which was affixed the badge of office, but out of all modest proportion, so huge it was. In addition, the cloth of his cap was twisted into a sort of horn, which...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236596870
  • 9781236596871