14th September 1833

Sierra de la Ventana
As the men belonging to the next Posta meant to return, we should together make a party of five & all armed, I determined to start & not wait for the officer. After galloping some leagues, we came to a low swampy country which extends for nearly 80 miles to the Sierra Tapalken. In some parts there are fine damp grass plains; others black & rather peaty & very soft. Many extensive fresh water but shallow lakes, & large beds of reeds; it resembles the better part of the Cambridgeshire Fens. This Posta, being a very long one, each of us had two horses; Having passed many swamps, we found a dry spot & there passed the night.

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