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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
our passage and enabled the course of the ship to be changed for Valparaiso. One day we sailed parallel with a French sloop-of-war, and it w Cape Horn and its swelling seas were left behind, and we reached Valparaiso in about sixty days from Rio. We anchored in the open roadstead, the capital of Chili, some sixty miles inland, but I did not go. Valparaiso did not impress me favorably at all. Seen from the sea, it lookedon of the country. All the necessary supplies being renewed in Valparaiso, the voyage was resumed. For nearly forty days we had uninterrupnry Wise, master of the Independence frigate, that we had left at Valparaiso. Wise had come off to pilot us to our anchorage. While giving o to us, gathered about him, that the Independence had sailed from Valparaiso a week after us and had been in Monterey a week; that the Californce of Commodore Shubrick and the officers of the Independence in Valparaiso, so that we again met as old friends. Immediate preparations wer