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ELUCIDATING THE REAL CHARACTER OF THE CONTEST,

MODE OF WARFARE, STATE OF THE ARMIES, &c.

BY JAMES HACKETT,
First Lieutenant of the late Venezuela Artillery Brigade.

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Printed by W. CLOWES, Northumberland-court, Strand, London.

INTRODUCTION.

IN submitting the following Narrative to the public attention, I should feel myself liable to the charge of presumption, were not the occurrences to which it refers immediately connected with an enterprise deeply involving the welfare and safety of a large number of my countrymen.

Already enthusiasm, seductive promises, or disappointed hopes, have induced a considerable number to embark for the purpose of attaching their fortunes to that of the South American Independents; and of those a great proportion have either actually perished, or, unable to procure the

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