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Passages extracted from a book detailed below:

Publication: 'Records of the Scottish Settlers in the River Plate, and their Churches'

Author: James Dodds

Source: Pages 11-12-13-14-15-16

Actual text:

'The colonists were assembled at Edinburgh, about the middle of May 1825. They numbered, more or less, 250 souls including children. It had been arranged that they should embark at Leith, and they sailed, from that port on the 22nd of the month on board the ship Symmetry, William, familiarly called 'Wullie' Cochrane, commander-an honest Scot

The great harmony prevailed throughout the voyage: a long sea voyage of nearly 3 months in an emigrant ship. The passage, on the whole was a pleasant one, and not devoid of the usual fun and frolic.

They reached the anchorage in the outer Roads of Buenos Aires on the 8th of August, all in good health, after 78 days of life on the ocean wave.

Before leaving the ship they sang the immortal 'Auld Lang Syne' in full chorus and the debarkation was successfully completed up to the 11th

The colonists were much surprised and amused at the primitive mode of landing from the boats in queer looking horse-carts. The carts were large wooden axles and most enormous wheels, towering both above horses and driver, who was seated on one of the animals. Such was the landing of the colonists on a tempest-worn beach, without breakwater or landing stage.

They remained a few days in the city before making their exit to Monte Grande: many of them who had visited the public buildings were agreeable surprised at the splendid interior of some churches, and were delighted with a stroll over the grounds of some of the charming 'Quintas' of the wealthy countrymen in the suburbs, etc.....

They made their exit from the city in the time-honored ship of the Pampa - a troop of bullock-waggons - and as they emerged into the bright sunshine and bracing air of the country, their spirit rose at the novel sights around them, the wide extended view over treeless plains.....etc.

They arrived safely at their destination early in the day, and were comfortably placed in temporary quarters at Santa Catalina, until they could be distributed on their respective allotments...'