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“The glimmerings which reach us from South America, enable us only to see
IN TWO VOLUMES:
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.
JOHN D. TOY, PRINTER.
DISTRICT OF MARYLAND, 85.
forty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of Amer-
office, the Title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the
ords and figures following, to wit: "A Voyage to South America, performed, by order of the American government, in the years 1817 and 1818, in the frigate Congress. By H. M. Brackenridge, Esq. secretary to the mission.
“The gliminerings which reach us from South America, enable us only to see that its inhabitants are held under the accumulated pressure of slavery, superstition, and ignorance. Whenever they shall be able to rise under this weight, and to show themselves to the rest of the world, they will probably show that they are like the rest of the world."-JEFFERSON'S NOTES ON VIRGINIA.
In conformity to an Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the encouragernent of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned," and also to the Act, entitled, “An Act supplementary to the Act, entitled, “Án Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereot to the arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching historical and other prints.”
After an ineffectual search of several days for a furnished house, where the mission might be accommodated, our consul, Mr. Halsey, had politely made an offer of his, which was large and commodious. It was accepted, though not without reluctance, from an unwillingness to put him to inconvenience. Several houses had been previously examined, but were not found suited to our purpose, not to speak of the extravagant demands of the owners. Some of the
gentlemen who had taken lodgings, were glad to change their situations, in order to avoid being teazed to death by a certain race, not to be named in good housewifery. The brick floors of the chambers are supposed to favor the multiplication of these tormentors. For my part, I had been fortunate enough to procure