A Visit to Mexico, by the West India Islands, Yucatan and United States: With Observations and Adventures on the Way, Volume 2

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Published for the author, 1853 - Mexico
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Page 98 - ... follow in the train of English immigration into young and still open countries. It is planting, without the expense of keeping, colonies of our own. Such a country as I speak of should Mexico be to England. Of the imports of Mexico, I suppose three-fourths are British ; and a close friendship between the two nations would lead to such fiscal ameliorations in this, as would progressively, and to a wonderful extent, develop the resources and the riches of Mexico; and by increasing its power of...
Page 94 - ... with banners and crucifixes and gorgeous imagery, conducting a procession in which figures representing scenes concerning the death of our Saviour, were carried by on platforms, as they were the preceding evening. There was the Virgin in mourning at the foot of the cross — the Virgin in glory — and more saints and more angels — St. Michael and the dragon, etc., etc., a glittering and innumerable train.
Page 339 - ... slaves some a dozen, some half a dozen waiting on them, in brave and gallant liveries, heavy with gold and silver lace, with silk stockings on their black legs, and roses on their feet, and swords by their sides; the ladies also carry their train by their coach's side of such jetlike damsels as before have been mentioned for their light apparel, who with their bravery and white mantles over them seem to be, as the Spaniard saith, mosca en leche, a fly in milk.
Page 127 - Senoras in their boxes did honour to the fete by their brilliant toilet, the gentlemen promenaded round the circle in jackets, high and low being on the same curtailed footing, and certainly in a style of dress more befitting the exhibition. The President and his suite were already there, also several of the foreign ministers. Meanwhile, the cocks crowed valiantly, bets were adjusted, and even the women entered into the spirit of the scene, taking bets with the gentlemen sotto voce in their boxes,...
Page 127 - ... voce in their boxes, upon such and such favourite animal. As a small knife is fastened to the leg of each cock, the battle seldom lasted long, one or other falling every few minutes in a pool of blood. Then there was a clapping of hands, mingled with the loud crowing of some unfortunate cock, who was giving himself airs previous to a combat where he was probably destined to crow his last. It has a curious effect to European eyes, to see young ladies of good family, looking peculiarly feminine...
Page 93 - ... or bright shawls thrown over their heads; the peasants and countrywomen, with their short petticoats of two colours, generally scarlet and yellow (for they are most anti-quakerish in their attire), thin satin shoes and lace-trimmed chemises, or bronze-coloured damsels, all crowned with flowers, strolling along with their admirers, and tingling their light guitars. And above all, here and there a flashing Poblana, with a dress of real value and much taste, and often with a face and figure of extraordinary...
Page 339 - The gallants of this city shew themselves daily, some on horseback, and most in coaches, about four of the clock in the afternoon in a pleasant shady field called la Alameda, full of trees and walks, somewhat like unto our Moorfields, where do meet as constantly as the merchants upon our exchange about two thousand coaches, full of gallants, ladies, and citizens, to see and to be seen, to court and to be courted, the gentlemen...
Page 339 - ... their train of blackamoor slaves some a dozen, some half a dozen waiting on them, in brave and gallant liveries, heavy with gold and silver lace, with silk stockings on their black legs, and roses on their feet, and swords by their sides...
Page 339 - ... an old idol an eagle of stone which from the Conquest lieth in a corner of that street, and is twice as big as London stone. The gallants of this city shew themselves daily, some on horseback, and most in coaches, about four of the clock in the afternoon in a pleasant shady field called la Alameda^ full of trees and walks, somewhat like unto our Moorfields, where do meet as constantly as the merchants upon our exchange about two thousand coaches, full of gallants, ladies, and 91 citizens, to...
Page 94 - ... should be held up to the execration of a Mexican mob, of an unknown people in undiscovered countries beyond the seas? A secret bargain, perhaps made whisperingly in a darkened chamber with the fierce Jewish rulers, but now shouted forth in the ears of the descendants of Montezuma and Cortes! But the sound of a distant hymn rose on the air, and shortly after there appeared advancing towards the square a long and pompous retinue of mitred priests, with banners and crucifixes and gorgeous imagery,...

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