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Here, Nature was full of tranquility and harmony. Everything around us distinguished itself distinctly as a resonance, as an act of the great drama of the world, in which, all animated by the Creator as the immortal joy of being, each according to his mode, they long for the praise and compliments from God, More meaningful than any other place, they seemed to us resounding in harmonious concordance with the music of life. Both plants and animals consume oxygen and the bounties the sun, the ruler of the planets. Nowhere else have these meditations awakened us to profound, vehement sensations as here, where the nearness of the equator confers everything with a new, sacred dimension; and we, upon reaching this point of full enjoyment, were invited to expand the ideas with which previous experiences and points of view had seasoned our minds.

Our attentive and dignified host, Mr. Ambrosio Henriques, was zealous to fulfill all that was necessary for the maintenance of the small house, and, through His Excellency Count Conde de Vila Flor ( 1), so like a brother to our noble friend of Maranhao, John Hesketh, who had here established his business, we were soon presented and received in various family circles. In addition to the proofs of good will, they have made these social events unforgettable, where we found not only joyful treatment but also the most diverse teachings. Mr. Romualclo de Seixas (2), vicar general of the diocese, who on many trips had come to know his country and had extended his authority in the most active way to ennoble customs and propagate instruction among his compatriots, provided us with interesting information on Brazilians and the natives of the “backlands” of Para and Rio Negro. After that time, with the confidence of his monarch, he was raised to episcopal of Bahia and this worthy prelate has not ceased to honor me with information by letters, so that I will gladly take this opportunity to publicly express my veneration and recognition.

1)Antonio Jose de Sousa Manuel de Meneses, Count of Vila Flor and later Duque da Terceira, ruled the Grao-Parra from 1817 until he was deposed in 1821, because of the constitutionalist movement, which broke out in Porto in 1820. (Nola of Rev., Inst. Hist. and Geogr. Bras.).

(2) D. Romualdo Antônio de Seixas, Marques de Souza Cruz and 17th Archbishop of Bahia, born Camet: on February 7, 1787 (in the same place and the same day that his uncle was born, Mr. Romualdo Coelho de Souza Coelho, 1762-1841, 8th Bishop of Para), and died in Bahia, on December 29, 1860. He was President of the Governing Provisional Junta of Para, in 1821 and 1823; represented the provinces of Para and Bahia on the temporary date, occupied twice the presidency and presided, in 1841, at the solemn ceremony of Don Pedro II. He left many writings, which established his cultural expertise (see the six volumes of his complete works, "Recife-Bahia, 1839-1858), as well as other scientific and literary associations, and belonged to the Historical and Geographical Institute of Brazil.

Marques de Souza Cruz