Excerpt from A Year in Portugal, 1889-1890 The following journal was written during a rapid journey to Portugal and a year's residence in Lisbon and Cintra. It also covers a month spent in a trip to Rome and Gibraltar and Seville. I have t endeavored to discuss elaborately the objects I have seen, but to give a view of the life of an American minister abroad, and to let light in upon the condition of Portugal, to which Court I was accredited. The advantages one enjoys who travels in Europe with a commission as a representative of the United States, or any other power, are great; and I have been encouraged to believe that I have familiarly witnessed many a scene which should t have enjoyed had I been present as a private citizen. The kwledge of Portugal, moreover, is t extensive, and I have been strongly inclined to sketch a country which has a most delightful climate and most charming scenery, is full of romantic traditions, and has been the theatre of some of the most remarkable events in history. From the days of Dom Henriques to the days of Dom Carlos, Portugal has contributed a large share of the contentious history of Europe; and w, after fifty years of peace, it enjoys an opportunity to become a most important kingdom. If this journal conveys, even in a small degree, the pleasure I enjoyed in the beautiful scenery of Portugal and in viewing the memorials of its greatness, I shall be content. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.