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Travels Through the Interior Provinces of Colombia
by:John Potter Hamilton
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 1,000,000 dollars by these means. The legislative body ought to have been assembled on the 2d January 1824, but it was not constitutionally installed until some time in...
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 1,000,000 dollars by these means. The legislative body ought to have been assembled on the 2d January 1824, but it was not constitutionally installed until some time in April, from the want of the proper number of members. During this time the daily expences of the government to the members who had arrived in Bogota, amounted to 11,868 dollars, viz.: To the members of the Senate 2136 Ditto of the Chamber 9752 118G8 Those members who did not arrive at Bogota on the day of assembling, were to be heavily fined, unless prevented by sickness. A few days after this, Colonel Campbell and myself were invited by Sefior Pepe Paris, to go with him to see the famous lake of Guativata, which he had been endeavouring to drain for the last two or three years, in the expectation of finding golden Indian idols by wholesale, and also ingots of gold,supposed to have been thrown there by the Indkn caciques in their religious ceremonies, and to diminish the plunder of their conquerors, the Spaniards. A company had been formed at Bogota, under the direction of Senor Pepe Paris, to raise a sufficient sum for the draining of the lake of Guatavita. The shares were at 2000 dollars, and like many of those of the mining companies in this country, were at one time at a considerable premium, but before I left Bogota had diminished much in value. Our party consisted, besides those above named, of Mr. Riviero, the mineralogist, and Dr. Cheyne, a young Scotch physician, who had lately arrived at Bogota to practise. Mr. Cade declined going. We arrived at half past nine at El Cedro, a small country house, where Senor Pepe Paris had provided a breakfast. El Cedro lies to the north of Bogota. On leaving El Cedro, we crossed some mountains to the Ne. over a very bad road, and found ourselves in a ...
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