His father read to him Shakespeare, Scott, Don Quixote, Pope and Byron, and most of the great.
An edition of Don Quixote was published at Argamasilla in 1864.
Even as an undergraduate he had " commenced author " with Sir Quixote (1895), and he followed this with other tales and novels.
He endeavoured to please Queen Caroline, who loved literature, and he has the credit, on good grounds, of having paid the expenses of the first handsome edition of Don Quixote to please her.
Quixote (1733), Esopaida (1734), Os Encantos de Medea (1735), Amphitri¢o (May 1136), Labyrintho de Creta (November 1736), Guerras do Alecrim e Mangerona (carnival of 1737), As Variedades de Proteo (May 1737) and Precipicio de Faetonte (1738).