Travels through the interior provinces of Columbia : in two volumes : vol. I, with engravings / by colonel J. P. Hamilton, late chief comissioner from his britannic majesty to the Republic of Columbia
Hamilton, John Potter, 1777-1873
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"In the autumn of the year 1823, his britannic Majesty´s Government came to the determination of sending commissioners to Bogotá, the capital of the newly constituted state of Columbia. The commission consisted of Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell, of the Royal Artillery, Mr. James Henderson, now Consul-General at Bogotá, and the writer of the following narrative, whom Mr. Secretary Canning was pleased to appoint First Commissioner... From one of these place we were to proceed up the river Magdalena to Henda, and thence we were to travel by land to Bogotá. After remaining a week at Portsmouth, during which time, the town was unusually lively and gay in consequence of the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence, who had arrived for the purpose of seeing the launch of a line of battle ship ; and grand dinners were given by the Admiral of the Port, the Lieutenant-Governor, Naval Commissioner, Which I had the honour of an invitation, on Sunday, the 27th of October, I embarked on board the Isis frigate, which was the flag-ship of Vice-Admiral Sir Laurence Halstead, K. C. B., who was going with his family to Jamaica, to remain there for theree years, as Commander-in-chief in the West Indies. I was rather in low spirits when I found myself on board the frigate ; however, the general bustle, and busy faces of the officers and crew, assisted in driving away melancholy thoughts for the time, and the passengers were fully occupied in making themselves as comfortable for the voyage as circumstances would admit. The frigate was much crowded, as it carried out the Admiral and his family, the three commissioners, several consuls, and many naval officers about to join their ships in the West Indies"
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