The History of Don Francisco de Miranda's Attempt to Effect a Revolution in South America: In a Series of Letters

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Stran 231 - Sir, — I am directed by his Excellency the Governor to inform you, that...
Stran 278 - The last great age, foretold by sacred rhymes, Renews its finished course : Saturnian times Roll round again ; and mighty years, begun From their first orb, in radiant circles run.
Stran 299 - Upon the whole, without saying he is an elegant, we may pronounce him a handsome man. He has a constant habit of picking his teeth. When sitting, he is never perfectly still; his foot or hand must be moving to keep time with his mind, which is always in exercise. He always sleeps a few moments after dinner, and then walks till bedtime, which with him is about midnight.
Stran 299 - He has strong grey whiskers growing on the outer edges of his ears, as large as most Spaniards have on their cheeks. In the contour of his visage you plainly perceive an expression of pertinaciousness and suspicion. Upon the whole without saying he is an elegant, we may pronounce him a handsome man.
Stran 43 - I swear to be true and faithful to the free people of South America, independent of Spain, and to serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever, and to observe and obey the orders of the supreme government of that country legally appointed ; and the orders of the general and officers set over me by them.
Stran 85 - Orl. You touch'd my vein at first : the thorny point Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the shew Of smooth civility : yet am I inland bred, And know some nurture.
Stran 8 - The strange vessel turus out to be a large vessel in pursuit of us. Captain Lewis has shortened sail to let her come up. If she is French or Spanish, she will probably speak to us in harsh language, and we shall be obliged to fight. God -knows what our fate would be if captured, for I believe we must appear to them a suspicious set, who are on the high seas in a very questionable shape. If she is English, perhaps "all may be well." I must conclude, as we are going to pre[636] pare * for action. Our...
Stran 290 - If such an event ever occurred, it probably had a large share of influence on a mind like that of Miranda. But the ardor of his feelings, the boldness of his speculations, and the republican bias of thinking, which he always manifested, afford sufficient solutions. He was educated like other young men of the better families in Caraccas, at the schools and university of that city. He never mentioned his teachers, nor his school." He said that he learned Greek after he was forty. Depons observes, that...
Stran 9 - John Wight. The first lieutenant of the frigate came on board and examined our ship and crew. We were detained nearly twenty-four hours, and had nineteen men pressed — mostly Irish, with American protections. As a kind of return for the impressed sailors, we received twelve Americans, who had been taken out of American vessels lately captured by the Cleopatra, to the list of which, the Leander was nigh being added. Captain Lewis went on board with the ship's papers, which showed her to be the Leander,...
Stran 113 - August 13th, 1806, Miranda and his men took to sea towards Aruba. " The Spaniards would have nothing to say to us ", wrote Biggs the next day on board the Leander. " They had no thoughts of accepting our proffer of liberty; and we could not oblige them to take it. Miranda, so long the idol of his foolish followers, is not known by them. They wondered who he was; and what brought him in such guise into their country. They viewed him as a marauder whom they were to fly from, or destroy, instead of...

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