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Marguaritta, Trinidad, & Maturin,
THE AUTHOR'S TRAVELS ACROSS THE PLAINS OF THE
SUBSEQUENT DESCENT OF THE ORINOCO,
IN THE YEARS
1819 & 1820;
COMPRISING HIS SEVERAL INTERVIEWS WITH
THE SUPREME CHIEF:
SKETCHES OF THE VARIOUS NATIVE AND EUROPEAN GENERALS:
And a variety of characteristic Anecdotes,
BY CAPTAIN W. J. ADAM, S. A. S.
PUBLISHED BY R. M. TIMS,
WILLIAM PLUNKETT, ESQ.
COMMISSIONER OF EXCISE,
&c. &c. &c.
The following Journal is respectfully dedicated ;
DUBLIN, JAN. 1, 1824.
NOT MORE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS TALENTS AND GREATNESS OF MIND, THAN AS A SMALL TRIBUTE OF ESTEEM, FOR
INNUMERABLE FAMILY OBLIGATIONS;
WILLIAM JACKSON ADAM.
A CONSIDERABLE time has now elapsed since General DEVEREUX first landed in Ireland, for the purpose of raising an Irish Legion to aid the South Americans in throwing off the Spanish yoke, and proclaiming their independence. Numerous individuals, whether from a love of honor, or as a mere matter of speculative interest, enrolled themselves around the standard of liberty; and not a few, nay the greater number of those feather-bed soldiers, who sought to arrive at the summit of honor and fortune, without any of the difficulties which necessarily accompany such a warfare, finding the path difficult and arduous, returned, amid hardship and beggary, to their native soil; without being able, duly to appreciate those exertions, or compass those rewards which were in store for the persevering. Many reports have, of course, been circulated by those heroes, by which their desertion from the cause of liberty might be rendered plausible and praiseworthy-reports which have not only tended to bring disgrace upon the promulgators of their disgrace, but to bring into discredit that noble cause in which, on the first going off, they were so eager; but the difficulties and dangers of which they had not sufficient courage to withstand. I am not, nor do I wish to be, the advocate of any man or set of men, by whom they may have conceived themselves to be hoodwinked or cozened; nor do I, in the slightest possible degree, wish to arraign the motives by which any person was induced to desert the South American banner, or deprecate the measures of those to whom they had entrusted the first fruits of A