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of the aborigines and current inhabitants of Brazil, or what concerns the topography and geography of that country so little known.

In order to be able to fully satisfy these obligations and desires, the travelers gathered all the equipment for such a big trip, and quickly make the necessary preparations. After everything was more or less ready, and the books, instruments, field medicine and more travel equipment was sent straight to Trieste, we began the trip on February 6, 1817, from Munich to Vienna.

There, in the imperial city, where we arrived on 10 February, we had from the illustrious Austrian Chancellor, Prince of Metternich, and from the Bavarian ambassador, Baron von Stainlein, the most effective and generous assistance for further arrangements and supplies, necessary for the execution. of the scientific plans of the illustrious monarch. Mr. von Schreibers, Director of the Museum of Natural History, rightly celebrated for his writings, was well-known in the circle of the worthy scientists in charge of organizing the Austrian expedition of Natural History to Brazil. He was kind enough to introduce us to the other men of natural history and science, who were our fellow travelers. It was intended for Prof. Mikan from Prague for Botany and Entomology; and the doctor Dr. Pohl for Mineralogy and Botany; Natterer, assistant of the Museum of Natural History, for Zoology; Thomas Ender, for landscape painter; Buchberger, for plant painter; H. Schott, son of the worthy University Garden inspector, was intended for gardener; these last two were attached to Mr. Mikan as auxiliaries; In addition to them, a hunter and a miner accompanied the commission. Delighted with the knowledge of our future companions, we looked forward to the moment of our departure to Trieste.

On March 4, we left the imperial city of Vienna and headed for Trieste. In Gratz, we visited the Johanneum, this well-endowed institute, due to the founding duke's support, was intended above all to spread practical knowledge in the areas of Natural and Technical History. Given this opportunity, we had visited with Prof. Chrys. von Vest and F. Mohs, and gladly, if time had allowed, would have lingered beside this distinguished researcher; but circumstances prevented it, and we tried to move on so that we could visit the mercury mines of Idria. It seemed worthwhile for us to know by sight this formation, whose production in Brazil, so rich in mines, should be an invaluable advantage, as well as for Peru and Mexico, once the process of amalgamation is known to them.
Johanneum, Gratz, Austria

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