Excerpt from The Uses of the Camel: Considered With a View to His Introduction Into Our Western States and Territories; A Paper Read Before the American Geographical and Statistical Society, March 2d, 1865
The camel is presented to us from the beginning as the friend and serv... ant of man. He figures in the first catalogue Of domestic animals Of which we have any record, and appears in this domestic state to have been a birthday gift to man from his Creator. In those primitive days, when the earth was fresh from the hands Of its Maker, and the uses of the several king doms, which God gave man for his inheritance, were best understood, we find the camel to have been the most regarded of all the animal creation; the companion Of his master in his farthest wanderings, as well as the denizen Of his household and the playmate of his children. When a wife was sought for Isaac, the old servant of Abraham fixed upon a regard for camels as an appropriate mark by which he would not fail to recognize the maiden whom the Lord had destined for the favorite child of his master. And how beautifully did the gentle Rebecca answer to the test: And when she had done giving him drink, She said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
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