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TO WHOSE SYMPATHY, ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAYERS, I AM DEEPLY INDEBTED:

TO MY SUNDAY-SCHOOL, WHOSE KIND REMEMBRANCES DURING MY JOURNEY, AND WELCOME GREETINGS ON

MY RETURN, HAVE BEEN LIKE SUNLIGHT UPON MY HEART :

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FOR THEIR PROMPT AND CHEERFUL AID IN MY TRAVELS AND LABORS :

AND

TO

MY

NUMEROUS

FRIENDS,

FOR THEIR ACTS OF KINDNESS AND WORDS OF CHEER,

THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED,

WITH THB HOPB THAT THEY MAY ALL ENJOY AS MUCH IN THE READING,

AS THB AUTHOR BAS IN COLLECTING AND PREPARIXG

THE CONTENTS OF IT.

INTRODUCTION.

The reasons for writing this book have been given in the previous work on Egypt and Sinai. The purpose at first was to publish but one volume, but in the preparation of the work it was found necessary to extend it far beyond the original design.

The author was also in hopes to have included in the work the narrative of his tour through Europe, but, as the work progressed, it was found impracticable to do so, as it would either too much extend the size, or crowd out the notice of many interesting things in the Holy Land which it seemed important to mention.

In consideration of the size of the work, it has been deemed advisable to divide it into two parts, one on Egypt and Sinai, the other on the Holy Land. The paging and indexing have been made to correspond to this arrangement, so that the two parts can be put up separately or together, as patrons may wish. Should it yet be deemed advisable, a supplemental volume will be added of the return home through Europe.

We repeat here what we said in the introduction to the first part of the work, that the book is not designed for the critic and the scholar, but for the mass of common readers. The portion of country through which it takes the reader is, to the Christian, one of the most interesting in the world; and the book is given to the public with the same desire that accompanied its predecessor, that it may be read with profit, and prove a useful auxiliary in the increase of knowledge and the establishment of truth.

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