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PEE FA O E. Since the year 1880, a large amount of capital has been invested in Mexico by citizens of the United States. "Within that period an unprecedented number of the Eng- hsh-speaking races have visited that country either as tourists, or as explorers with a view to an actual settle- ment and a permanent residence. During a professional visit to the Mexican KepubHc, in the winter and spring of this year, the author experi- enced from day to day, and frequently from hour to hour, the want of a compendious guide-book. While many volumes of history and of general observation and travel relating to Mexico have, from time to time, been pub- Hshed, no book of this description is known to exist. Believing that our sister Republic will in future, to a far greater extent than ever before, be the resort of the capitalist, the speculator, the artist, the archseologist, the valetudinarian, and the pleasure-seeker, as well as of the intelligent and enterprising man of business, the author has endeavored to render each and all an acceptable ser- vice by the preparation of this manual. It has been his