Returned by a route rather different, & slept at a house, 4 leagues from Las Minas. Yesterday's rain had so filled the rivers, that they were difficult to be crossed. This is a great disadvantage in a semi-civilized country that travelling is quite dependant on the weather. We again passed through Las Minas, & then proceeded across some low wild mountains to a very hospitable house. The formation is all Slate & a few years ago a gold mine was discovered & here worked; but very small quantities having been procured, the mine works have ceased. I believe this & its neighbourhead is the only place where gold has been found in the Banda Oriental.
On the 17th, having engaged men and purchased plank, copper, provisions and other necessaries, we sailed from Monte Video, and next morning anchored in Maldonado. As soon as a part of our cargo was landed — all that was then wanted by the working party on Gorriti, under Mr. Chaffers — we proceeded up the river to fill water, anchored again off Monte Video for a short time, and returned to our future consort at Gorriti.