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THE MINES OF REAL DEL MONTE, THE UNITED STATES, AND

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TO

ROWLAND HODGSON, Esq.

OF HIGHFIELD, NEAR SHEFFIELD,

AS

A HUMBLE BUT MOST SINCERE TRIBUTE TO EXALTED WORTH,

UNSULLIED INTEGRITY OF HEART,

AND THE MOST EXPANSIVE BENEVOLENCE:

AND IN TESTIMONY

OF DEEP GRATITUDE FOR MOST

VALUABLE BENEFITS BESTOWED,

KINDNESSES UNREMITTINGLY EVINCED,

AND OBLIGATIONS ZEALOUSLY CONFERRED,

THIS WORK

IS DEDICATED,

BY HIS AFFECTIONATE AND GRATEFUL FRIEND,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

In venturing to submit the following Work to public notice, the Author is by no means influenced by the vain ambition of seeing himself in print, but is induced by the higher motive of endeavouring to do justice to a much-abused and slandered people, whose fate it has hitherto been to be misrepresented by those who ought to have cherished the very opposite feeling.

The voyage across the Atlantic was undertaken for the purpose of re-establishing a state of health somewhat impaired, as also of visiting the only quarter of the globe which the writer had not seen; and in order to behold, among the wonders of the New World, the magnificent Cataract of Niagara

Nothing was farther from the Author's intention than the publication of the remarks that might be suggested in the

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