June 15. and had the matter arranged, muchto the relief of all. We soon proceededon our way. But how can I describethe beauties of the vegetationwhich we passed. Only those whohave themselves traveled there canhave a just idea of it. The landappears to be mostly marshy and wetand it is on account of the vaporsarising from it, that it is usuallyconsidered so unhealthy. The vegetationis very luxuriant; thegrowth so thick in many places,that the rays of the sun cannotpenetrate through it at all. Thetrees are quite lofty - some of themvery much so - and vary so much inkinds and species, that weJune 15. could distinguish only a very fewkinds that we knew before. Someof the tallest bore beautifulblossoms-yellow and scarlet-coveringtheir entire tops. Of flowers, we sawa great many varieties, more thanI can here enumerate, of all colorsand sizes, some white, someyellow, some orange, other crimsonand scarlet, brown and blue,though these last are more rare.We gathered a beautiful boquet,of which I thought I shouldpress specimens to send hometo Susan. Among these was abeautiful scarlet flower, whichthe natives call the passion flower.We found a curious kind of fruit,
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