30th April 1833

I rode a few miles round the town; the country is exceedingly similar to that of M: Video, but rather more hilly. We here have the same fine grass plain, with its beautiful flowers & birds, the same hedges of Cactus & the same entire absence of all trees. After pacing for some weeks the plank decks, one ought to be grateful for the pleasure of treading on the green elastic turf, although the surrounding view in both cases is equally uninteresting.

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