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LETTERS OR DESPATCHES HERNANDO CORTES, EMPEROR CHARLES V. LETTER n. Dated at Segura de la Frontera^ {Mexico,) Oct. ^Oth, 1520. Most Noble, Powerful and Catholic Prinee^ Invincible Emperor, and our Sovereign Lord : By a ship that I despatched from this New Spain of your Sacred Majesty, on the sixteenth of July, in the year 1519, I transmitted to your Highness a very full and particular report of what had occurred from the time of my arrival in this country to that date ; which I sent by the hands of Alonso Hernandez Puertocarrero and Francisco de Montejo, deputies of La Rica Villa de la Vera; Cruz, the town I had founded in your Majesty's nam;e. Since that time, from want of opportunity, and being constantly engaged in making conquests and esta- blishing peace, having no ships, nor any intelligence from the one I had sent, or the deputies, I have not been able till now to give your Majesty a further account of our operations ; from which God knows how much pain i 6