Darien; Or, the Merchant Prince

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General Books, 2010 - 268 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...them in their receptacle, marvelling greatly at the sort of robber whom he had encountered. The cask was, by Paterson, secured, directed to Don Alvaro's private care, and without placing any suspicious value upon it, was stowed away in the hold, where the expected cargo was to follow. This interlude having concluded satisfactorily, the Scot proceeded to the chief business that had called him to Portobello. The sun was now set, and was succeeded by a brilliant moonlight, notwithstanding the vapours that at the same time began to rise from the fatal shore, and floated in thin clouds just above the temporary but picturesque village. The sounds from the shore now told that the hour of business and enjoyment was arrived. The Scot betook himself to his boat, and on presenting the Governor with the customary presents (not then called bribes), was honourably received. Apologies for his arrest were at the same time made, and an assurance that his false accuser should be sought for. Then the Scot strolled forth upon the shore, dreaming the reveries that his soul most lived in: and finding harmony to his thoughts in the gentle music of the sea, which scarcely murmured against that sheltered shore. The hum of men sounded pleasantly in his ears, too distant to distinguish the many evil words of which it was composed: it spoke to the philanthropist only of energies honestly employed, and the communication between man and man which was essential to the welfare of all. Those men were strangely lodged; striped tents, long huts, booths of palmetto branches, bent down and covered with their own wide-spreading leaves: these were the dwellings of the great merchants of the west, and these the storehouses of their enormous wealth. To them it was necessary for the...

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