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Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...half naked, or covered with a blanket, put five, and some as much as twenty dollars, into the broker''s hands, to stake on their favourite bird. Some Senoras, not, however, the most ladylike, but very finely dressed, were smoking cigars and betting. When the bets were all made, and order restored, a noble colonel pitted his own fowl against a lepero, a fellow in a blanket. One of the birds was killed at the first onset. The colonel was victorious; but after the battle was over, some dispute arose, and in an instant all was confusion and wild uproar. But for the seasonable interference of the brokers, who acted as umpires, we might have witnessed a battle between the priest and the colonel. Great discontent prevails in this province. Every man with whom I have conversed, expresses his abhorrence of the despotism exercised by the Emperor. As far as I have had an opportunity of remarking, this sentiment is universal. Many respectable Creoles have declared to me, that they regret having assisted to shake off the yoke of Spain, which bore lighter on them than the imperial government of Iturbide. San Luis Potosi, including all the villages in the immediate vicinity, contains forty-five thousand inhabitants. Thetown itself about fifteen thousand. 26th November.--Walked into the marketplace very early in the morning, to make some purchases for our journey. It was crowded with people, and well supplied with meats, fruits, and vegetables. Pedlars were hawking up and down the coarse manufactures of the country. Stalls were erected and set out with mantas, blankets, leather breeches and leggins, saddles, bridles, huge wooden stirrups, iron spurs, weighing at least two pounds, and a great variety of manufactures from the filaments of the...