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we didn't linger on the royal road, which leads to the city of Mariana, three leagues south of Bento Rodrigues, to return to Vila Rica, where we happily arrived again on April 28.

Our collections were greatly increased since the last shipment from Sorocaba, and we now needed to make arrangements before embarking on a longer trip to send them to Rio de Janeiro, the nearest city on the coast. Governor General Manuel of Portugal and Castro (1), who had already been kind enough to endorse our passports for the Diamond District, by adding cover letters, also won our gratitude, by insisting that we take care that our shipment to SM the King of Bavaria, be dispatched under the protection of SM the King of Brazil. With this, we obtained the advantage of not being required to open our boxes at the border customs Registry with the possiblity of damage to our collection of natural curiosities.

Not without deep emotion, we left the romantic region and the friendly, hospitable inhabitants of our unforgettable Vila Rica in order to move from the land of gold to that of diamonds.

(I) D. Manuel de Portugal and Castro were Governor of the Captaincy of Minas Gerais from 1814 to 1822 (Rev. Note, Ed. Melh,).

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