Reports relating to the failure of the Rio Plata mining association

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Page 139 - We can affirm, without hyperbole, that the two first curacies, Rinconda and Santa Catalina, contain the greatest riches in the universe. I am going to prove it by a single assertion, which is attested by thousands of witnesses. In Us fields the gold springs up.
Page 47 - England would^ cost nearly its weight in silver by the time it reached the mine. The following is a rough memorandum of some of the difficulties, physical, moral, and political, which would probably obstruct the working of mines in the provinces of Rio de la Plata by an English association. PHYSICAL.
Page 170 - ... those who do not think with me upon this, of all others, the most important subject. I beg your pardon for this declaration of my belief; but my temper is naturally open, and it ought assuredly to be without disguise to a man whom I wish no longer to look upon as an antagonist, but as a friend. — I have the honour to be, with every sentiment of respect, your obliged servant.
Page 67 - Experience has at last been purchased at a " very great loss, and by it we now learn, that " both the formation of these Companies, and their *' failure, have proceeded from one cause — our " ignorance of the country which was to be the " field of the speculation. But, although this " must be confessed, yet let it also be remembered, " that the error was accompanied by all the noble " characteristics which distinguish our country.
Page 139 - Us fields the gold springs up. with the rain, as in others, weeds. The great mass of this soil is composed of earth, stone, water, and larger and smaller grains of gold ; these last appear in sight when the rain washes away the dust which covers their surface. After a. very heavy rain, a woman stepping forth from her hut, a few yards from her door, found a piece of gold weighing twenty ounces ; another, when gathering wood, on pulling up some grass, discovered among the roots a grain offrom three...
Page 146 - The maxim of dolce far niente, imported by their fathers, is too much in accord with the mildness of the climate and the fertility of the soil, and suits their indolent and sensual nature too well for them not to make it their unique law. Besides, of what advantage is industry to them, without an outlet, without roads, without employments ? The most enterprising of them, or those who live in the vicinity of the...
Page ii - The commercial man may consider whether in this and in the other countries of South America, it is prudent to embark his capital in any permanent establishment or speculation, or to furnish these Countries with the Loans which some of them are still...
Page 47 - Association, shortly to state, that having ridden " 6000 miles in South America — having thrown " myself on the feeble resources of the country — " having been to the bottom of every mine which " has been inspected — having made all the ob...
Page vii - I have found that to disappoint their expectations, was to incur their resentment, and to withhold from them a profit, was to rob them of their prey.
Page 140 - instances happen so frequently in the rainy season, " that it would requirejnuch time to detail them. " The sweepings of the houses and sheds for " mules are washed, and generally more or less " gold is found in them,''

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