12th August 1833

Patagones to Buenos Ayres
The country continued the same. It is inhabited by very few living beings: the most common is the hare or Agouti, there are likewise some Ostriches & Guanaco. We passed the second well, the water of which is brackish, but I think chiefly with saltpetre. We found a good place for sleeping, the water was however so scanty that we could not take Mattee before starting the next morning. The Gauchos when travelling only eat twice in the day, at night & before daylight in the morning; by this means one fire serves for 24 hours; an object of great consideration in many parts of this country.

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