15th June 1835

Proceeded up the valley towards the Cordilleras; its course was however very oblique, running about SSE instead of East. I dined at a hospitable old Spaniard, Don Eugenio Matta, at whose house General Aldonati was staying. He was governor of Chiloe during the time of Capt. Kings Voyage & well known to the officers. I found him the pleasantest gentleman I have met in Chili. The valley continued much as I have described it; & always pleasant to behold. — At night fall we reached the Hacienda of las Amolanas to the owner of which Don Benito Cruz I had a letter of introduction.

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