Excerpt from Picturesque Palestine, Vol. 1 of 4: Sinai and Egypt
Next, in the seventeenth century, supervened the class of travellers, few and far between, who wandered from the beaten track, partly in pursuit Of adventure, partly for the sake of investigating these countries... scientifically, and who, advancing onwards to the present time, included amongst their number some few who have acquired a widespread fame - amongst Others, first and foremost, the Emperor Napoleon, who, in his brief Notes on Syria, founded on his military expedition, has laid the basis of all the subsequent scientific descriptions of Palestine. But these travellers were hardly ever gifted with a sense Of the perception either of natural scenery, or of imaginative and devotional Sentiment. Jerusalem, as was expressed by that great genius of whom we have just Spoken, did not lie within the line of their operations.
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