A Statistical, Commercial, and Political Description of Venezuela, Trinidad, Margarita, and Tobago: Containing Various Anecdotes and Observations, Illustrative of the Past and Present State of These Interesting Countries; from the French of M. Lavaysse: with an Introduction and Explanatory Notes, by the Editor [Edward Blaquière]

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G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1820 - Black race - 479 pages
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Page 439 - Great >^ mistakes in the ruling part, many wrong and inconvenient laws, and all the slips of human frailty will be borne by the people without mutiny or murmur.
Page 104 - Scotland'— a nation cast in the happy medium between the spiritless acquiescence of submissive poverty, and the sturdy credulity of pampered wealth ; cool and ardent — adventurous and persevering — winging her eagle flight against the blaze of every science, with an eye that never winks, and a wing that never tires; crowned as she is with the spoils of every art, and decked with the wreath of every muse...
Page 439 - But if a long train of abuses, prevarications, and artifices, all tending the same way, make the design visible to the people, and they cannot but feel what they lie under, and see whither they are going...
Page 128 - ... kind of adjutants, whose duty consists of hindering any individual from 'quitting the ranks. If any one attempts to straggle either from hunger or fatigue, he is bitten till he resumes his place, and the culprit obeys with his head hanging down. Three or four chiefs march as the rear-guard, at five or six paces from the troop.
Page 461 - ... which the most singular and difficult situation can present, the cry of one citizen may, perhaps, point out the presence of hidden danger. Casting a glance on the past, we shall see what Is the basis of the Republic of Venezuela. The separation of America from the Spanish monarchy, resembles the state of the Roman Empire, when that enormous mass fell to pieces in the midst of the ancient world. Every dismemberment then formed an independent nation, conformable to its situation and interests;...
Page 438 - Britannic Majesty, be it with forces, or with arms and ammunition, to any extent ; with the assurance, that the views of his Britannic Majesty go no further than to secure to them their independence, without pretending to any sovereignty over their country, nor even to interfere in the privileges of the people, nor in their political, civil, or religious rights.
Page 185 - ... petticoats, stockings, shoes, and a Madras handkerchief on her head. She looked quite enchanting, and saw herself in the looking-glass with great complacency. Suddenly her husband returned from shooting, with three or four Indians, when the whole party burst into a loud fit of laughter at her. and began to joke about her new habiliments. Grace was quite abashed, blushed, wept, and ran to hide herself in the bed-chamber of the lady, where she stript herself of the clothes, went out of the window,...
Page 437 - I desire, most particularly to recommend to your attention, is, the means which might be most adapted to liberate the people of the continent near to the island of Trinidad, from the oppressive and tyrannic system, which supports, with so much rigour, the monopoly of commerce, under the title of exclusive registers...
Page 469 - I will not notice the most momentous acts of my command, although they concern most of my countrymen, and will call your attention only to the last memorable revolution. Horrid, atrocious, and impious slavery, covered with her sable mantle the land of Venezuela, and our atmosphere lowered with the dark gloomy clouds of the tempest, threatening a fiery deluge. I implored the protection of the God of nature, and at his almighty word the storm was dispelled. The daystar of liberty rose...
Page 440 - America, we will now only present to view the authentic and well-known facts, which ought to have wrested from one world, the right over the other, by the inversion, disorder, and conquest, that have already dissolved the Spanish Nation. This disorder has increased the ills of America, by rendering void its claims and remonstrances, enabling the Governors of Spain to insult and oppress this part of the Nation, thus leaving it without the succour and guarantee of the laws.

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