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SKETCH OF GUATEMALA.

ing with success, agreeably to the nature of their manœuvres, against the advances of a more numerous and respectable force."

The systematic organization of the army is not yet completed. Its numerical strength in 1825 was stated as follows:—

Permanent troops as decreed by the legislature 1,800 men
Regular militia, including artillery, infantry, and cavalry 10,750
Civic militia 10,000
Total 22,530

Some corps of the regular militia are usually stationed in the vicinities of the coast, and could place themselves in a few hours in the maritime forts: I saw several of these troops in the various parts of the country through which I travelled: they appeared to be light active men, and well suited to endure the privations which they would necessarily have to experience in guerilla-warfare; the only mode in which, I should presume, they could be expected