Excerpt from Diary Dottings in Palestine and Egypt: October 28th, 1886, to January 8th, 1887 My Dear Mr. Cook, These unimportant Dottings were intended for the perusal of those at home, whom circumstances prevented from sharing in the pleasures I have so recently enjoyed. Unfortunately, whilst my caligraphy has been described by partial friends as picturesque, by the world at large it is declared to be execrable; and as (a caligraphist having hour in his own household) I regret to say my family share in the latter view of the case, if their pleasure is to be secured, I must necessarily appeal to the art we owe to the intellect of Gutenberg and the enterprise of Caxton. This being so, to whom can I dedicate these scribblings but to you? To your wise suggestion that an over-wrought brain would find its needed relief in strange scenes and vel surroundings, I owe the last few weeks of travel - to your ever thoughtful and considerate kindness that the time has proved a long delight, and that care has marred the pleasures of a journey never to be forgotten. To the world you are kwn as the King of Tourists, as one who has so perfected the facilities for travel, that the enterprise, science, and labour required in their accomplishment are forgotten in the enjoyment of the perfection attained. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.