Excerpt from The Nilometer and the Sacred Soil: A Diary of a Tour Through Egypt, Palestine, and Syria
IN presenting this little work for the perusal of my friends, I beg to remind them that I have, as nearly as was consistent, adhered to the original design of giving a diary ... describing the manner of living and method of travelling on the Nile and through Syria, rather than entering deeply into inci dents connected with the history of those countries.
To those more inclined to Biblical lore and the study of antiquities, the Bible will furnish sufficient food for the Holy Land, while the profound researches of Wilkinson, Lane, and others, will go far to satisfy the curious on the statistics and archaeology of Egypt.
This interesting route of travel becoming more frequented, and consequently better understood, each succeeding year, natu rally excites the curiosity of those having the hope of doing it yet in store; and, as a sequence, comes the question: How to do it?
The great point is to obtain a good dragoman; and, if for tune favors you in this particular, the success of your voyage is almost assured; whereas the constant annoyances and dis satisfaction arising from having a bad one will poison, if not mar, all your joyous anticipations.
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