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this my first book shall find not only interest and amusement in its contents, but even solace like my own.
Venezuela—the country in which the scenes and incidents, related herein, occurred, is too little known to English readers. Yet it claims and merits a better acquaintance, not only on account of the salubrity of its mountains and Llanos, or table-lands, the fertility of its soil, and the great advantage offered to settlers of small means and moderate energy; but also that the undying gratitude of the Venezuelans towards those brave English spirits who assisted them to throw off the yoke of Spanish tyranny should unite more closely the English speaking nations and these “ Free men of the South.” Another act of brotherhood is yet to be performed-viz.—to teach these Republicans to govern themselves wisely.
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