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NARRATIVE,

&c. &c.

1

OF THE

EXPEDITION

WHICH

SAILED FROM ENGLAND IN 1817,

TO JOIN THE

SOUTH AMERICAN PATRIOTS;

COMPRISING

EVERY PARTICULAR CONNECTED WITH ITS FORMATION, HISTORY,
AND FATE; WITH OBSERVATIONS AND AUTHENTIC INFORMATION
ELUCIDATING THE REAL CHARACTER OF THE CONTEST,

MODE OF WARFARE, STATE OF THE ARMIES, 8c.

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

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

1818.

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

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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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