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AM come hither rather sooner than I intended, to see the feasts for the proclamation of our new king. As I do not recollect
any thing more to say to you about Gibraltar, I will annihilate all the time of my illness to the last day of my being there. Vol. II.
I called upon Bucareli, the Spanish commander at St. Rock's, to pay my devoirs, and asked for a license to carry pistols, which he assured me there would be no occasion for, as I had the captain general of Andalusia's permission to carry them to Gibraltar. I find that in most foreign countries short fire-arms are prohibited. As for pocket pistols, you would be brought into many difficulties if they were found about you in Spain.
Neither are horse pistols allowed, but a license may be obtained to carry them; whereas the others are totally prohibited by law. Any person may have guns, and other long fire-arms, that pleases, as well as any sort of steel weapons, except long pointed knives, which are so strictly forbidden, that if they were found about a common man, he would be immediately sent to Ceuta or some other place to work as a galley Nave. But to return to Bucareli. I afterwards requested him to appoint a trooper to accompany us to Cadiz, as a deferice from the robbers, a thing which is often done here in Spain, as it is better to spend a little money, and be in security ; but this he refused me. Bucareli's haughtiness was owing to my having entered Gibraltar without his permission, and yet I had been
up with him from the garrison to ask his pardon for the mighty offence. Our governor told me the Spanish commander would invite me to dinner, but at the same time I promised to refuse his invitation, and return to his lordship, upon account of the captain and officers of a Portuguese ship of war being to dine with him that day, where I could serve as a fort of interpreter. But we were much deceived, as all Bucareli's answer was, that it was the custom to ask him permission to enter Gibraltar, and so your humble servant *. I was as expedi
• He was afterwards made governor of Buenos Ayres, and was the person who sent the expedition, which dispossessed us of Port Egmont, in Falkland islands.
tious in taking my leave of him as he seemed to get me away, and having mounted my horse, went as quick as the poor beast would carry me to Gibraltar, and got but one fall by the way. When I say as quick as the horse would carry me, you must not imagine it was any thing very speedy, for I believe I might have gone faster on foot. As for the fall, the
poor animal not being much higher than a jackass, you may think I did not receive much hurt from it, besides, it was upon a deep sand; for the neck of land which unites the peninsula of Gibraltar to the continent of Spain, is a plain flat deep fand, which extends quite till the rock of Gibraltar rises perpendicularly out of it. Upon my being arrived at Gibraltar, I found it was almost two o'clock, his lordship's dinner time, so that I was obliged to hurry away to the convent, which I think I have already told you
is where the governors of Gibraltar reside. Besides the house, there is a tolera