Letters on the United Provinces of South America, Addressed to the Hon. Henry Clay: Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U. States

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J. Seymour, 1819 - Argentina - 259 pages

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Page ii - Congress of the United States, entitled "an 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 time therein mentioned." And also to an act entitled "an act supplementary to an act entitled an 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 thereof to the...
Page 82 - Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
Page 204 - Labour alone, therefore, never varying in its own value, is alone the ultimate and real standard by which the value of all commodities can at all times and places be estimated and compared.
Page 88 - Pater nosters," said to liberate souls from purgatory. This service, which occupies but a moment, costs six pence, and although the price is so trifling, it is a source of large income to the priests...
Page ii - IDE, of the said District, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit : " Inductive Grammar, designed for beginners.
Page 9 - The republic of the united provinces of South America, comprehends, with some exceptions, the same territory as the viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, which was established in 1778. It extends from the 16th to the 45th degree of south latitude; from the left margin of the lake Titicaca, which lies between the two cordilleras of Peru, on the north, and to the coast of Patagonia on the south.
Page 149 - ... silver upon the world — to animate enterprize and reward industry ; to pamper the luxurious and minister to the comforts of the sober and virtuous ; to disseminate knowledge and religion ; and to spread the desolations of war ; marshalling armies in the field and pointing the thunder of navies upon the ocean ; filling cities with monuments of taste and art, and overwhelming them with ruin ; founding mighty empires and levelling them in the dust : inciting, in short, to virtue and to crime,...
Page 87 - These good works consist in the festivities before mentioned, and saying masses. Every mass costs two dollars ; if chaunted, the price is double. At Buenos Ayres it is but one dollar. There is a royal tariff, Arencel de Derechos, which regulates the rates of these religious exercises.
Page 91 - ... for their deceased relatives and friends.' '' (p. 88.) " ' From their religious festivities I now pass to their funerals. The tax levied upon these solemnities is most painful to the Indians, and the most barbarous avarice is displayed in its exaction. The sum which the Indian is obliged to pay is in proportion to his wealth, varying from 85 to $100.
Page 91 - Indian is obliged to pay is in proportion to his wealth, varying from $5 to $100. His property is narrowly investigated, and the violence of oppression unites to aggravate the afflictions of a man who has lost a father, a brother, or a wife. I have seen the poor Indian weep till his heart was well nigh broken at the levying of this unjust contribution. But the European Curas, whose hearts are harder than the gold they covet, turn a deaf ear to the wailing of the widow, whose children are taken from...

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