The Adventures Of Captain Bonneville By Washington Irving

























































































































 -  In a word, the captain was beguiling the tediousness
of attendance at court, by an attempt at authorship; and was - Page 6
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In A Word, The Captain Was Beguiling The Tediousness Of Attendance At Court, By An Attempt At Authorship; And Was Rewriting And Extending His Travelling Notes, And Making Maps Of The Regions He Had Explored.

As he sat at the table, in this curious apartment, with his high bald head of somewhat foreign cast, he reminded me of some of those antique pictures of authors that I have seen in old Spanish volumes.

The result of his labors was a mass of manuscript, which he subsequently put at my disposal, to fit it for publication and bring it before the world. I found it full of interesting details of life among the mountains, and of the singular castes and races, both white men and red men, among whom he had sojourned. It bore, too, throughout, the impress of his character, his bonhommie, his kindliness of spirit, and his susceptibility to the grand and beautiful.

That manuscript has formed the staple of the following work. I have occasionally interwoven facts and details, gathered from various sources, especially from the conversations and journals of some of the captain's contemporaries, who were actors in the scenes he describes. I have also given it a tone and coloring drawn from my own observation, during an excursion into the Indian country beyond the bounds of civilization; as I before observed, however, the work is substantially the narrative of the worthy captain, and many of its most graphic passages are but little varied from his own language.

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