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1804 Excerpt: ... human mind, there is no circumstance that-can
induce us to impute this prevailing weakness to him. His political
conduct, however was not the wiser on this account. Since this
prince had been upon the throne, he bad no longer displayed any of
those talents that had placed him upon it. Sunk in a state of
essseminacy and indolence, he despised hit subjects, and oppressed
his tributaries. His mind was so debased and corrupted, that even
the arrival of the Spaniards could not rouse him into action. He
wasted in negociations the time he should hav.e employed in-combat,
and wished to send aw, ay, laden with presents, enemies he ought
tohave destroyed. Cortez, towhom thissupineness was very,
Convenient, omitted nothing that might contribute to encourage it,
and always treated with him on the most friendly terms. He
declared, that he was sent merely with orders to hold a conserence
with the powetsur emperor of Mexico, on the part of the greatest
monarch of the East. Whenever he was pressed to re-embark, he
always represented, that no ambassador had ever been dismissed
without being admitted to an audience. At length the deputies,
sinding him inflexible, were obliged, according to their
instructions, to I;ave recourse to menaces, and spoke in high terms
of the opulence and strength of their country. Cortez then, turning
to his soldiers, told them: " This is exactly what we wished to
meet with, great dangers and great wealth." He had then completed
all his preparatives, and gained every insormation that was
necessary. Resolved therefore to conquer or to perish, he set sire
to all his ships, and directed his march towards the capital of the
empire. In his way he met with the republic of Tlafcala, whiph had
ever been at enmity with the Mexicans, who wantedto make it su...
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