Mexico - A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 4 - By Robert Kerr
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Some short time before Gonzalo got to Peru intelligence of his return had
reached Quito, on which the inhabitants collected - Page 700
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Some Short Time Before Gonzalo Got To Peru Intelligence Of His Return Had Reached Quito, On Which The Inhabitants Collected A Considerable Number Of Swine And Peruvian Sheep Which They Sent Off To Meet Him.

They sent off at the same time a good many horses, and a supply of clothes for Gonzalo and his officers.

This seasonable supply met them above fifty leagues from Quito, and one may easily judge that it was received with much joy, especially the provisions. The whole party, from the general to the private soldier, was almost entirely naked; as, from the almost continual rains to which they had been exposed, and the other hardships of their journey, their clothes were all rotten and torn to rags, and they were reduced to the necessity of covering themselves with the skins of beasts. Their swords were all without scabbards, and almost destroyed with rust. Their legs and arms were torn and scratched by the brushwood, thorns, and brakes, through which they had travelled; and the whole party were so pale, lean, and worn out with fatigue and famine, that their most intimate acquaintances were hardly able to recognize them. Among all their privations, what they felt the most unsufferable, was the want of salt, of which they had not been able to procure the smallest supply for above two hundred leagues.

On arriving in the kingdom of Quito, where every thing they stood in need of was brought them, they knelt down and kissed the ground as a mark of gratitude and satisfaction, and returned thanks to God for their preservation from so many dangers.

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