Voyage to South America, Volume 2

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Page 272 - Westward the course of empire takes its way, The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day : Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Page 52 - Iberia? Do we see The robber and the murderer weak as we? Thou, that hast wasted earth, and dared despise Alike the wrath and mercy of the skies, Thy pomp is in the grave, thy glory laid Low in the pits thine avarice has made.
Page 299 - Bourbon preceded all the acts of the government, and headed its public documents. The Spanish flag waved on our vessels, and served to animate our soldiers. The provinces seeing themselves reduced to a kind of orphanage by the dispersion of the national government, by the want of another of a legitimate character, and capable of commanding respect, and by the conquest of nearly the whole of the...
Page 253 - Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume ; And we are weeds without it. All constraint, Except what wisdom lays on evil men, Is evil...
Page 38 - The sentiments I entertain with regard to that object have been long since in your knowledge, but I could personally have no participation in it unless patronized by the government of this country.
Page 304 - ... his temples with a crown? If these men, to whom he owed so much, thus received death, were doomed to perpetual imprisonment or to base slavery, for no other crime than that of having framed a constitution, what might we not expect to be reserved for us? To hope for a benign treatment from him and from his bloody Ministers would have been to seek among tigers for the mildness of the dove. Then, indeed, would have been repeated towards us the ensanguined scenes of...
Page 293 - All public offices and employments belonged exclusively to the Spaniards; and although Americans were equally called to them by the laws, they were appointed only in rare instances, and even then not without satiating the cupidity of the Court by enormous sums of money. Of one hundred and seventy Viceroys that have governed in this country, but four of them have been Americans; and of six hundred and ten Captains General and Governors, all but fourteen are Spaniards.
Page 301 - ... have been known to massacre even the unfortunate marketpeople, driving them into the public square in groups, and shooting them down with cold-blooded, wanton cruelty. The cities of Chuquisaca and Cochabamba have more than once been theatres of this shocking barbarity. They have compelled our soldiers, taken prisoners, to serve against their wills in the ranks of their armies^ carrying the officers in irons to distant outposts, where it was impossible for them to preserve health for a single...
Page 39 - The plan, in my opinion, ought to be — a fleet of Great Britain, an army of the United States, a Government for the liberated territory agreeable to both the cooperators, about which there will be no difficulty. To arrange the plan, a competent authority from Great Britain to some person here, is the best expedient. Your presence here will, in that case, be extremely essential.
Page 299 - ... head, as it was wanted to be stuck upon a pike; and when it was severed from the body, the headless trunk was dragged through the streets, while, at the same time, the brutal soldiers were barbarously permitted to dispose, at pleasure, of the lives and property of the inhabitants during many successive...

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