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TURKEY IN ASIA, THE HOLY LAND,
AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD:
GIvING A PARTICULAR AND FAITHFUL ACCOUNT OF wHAT IS MOST
MANNERS, RELIGION, POLITY, ANTIQUITIES,
NATURAL HISTORY OF THOSE COUNTRIES:
AS IT NOW APPEARS,
4KD OTBEK PUCES MENTIONED IN THE BOIT SCRIPTURES.
BY CHARLES THOMPSON, Esq.
Interspersed with the Remarks of several other modem Travellers; illustrated
PRINTED BT A. NAPIER, TRONGATE;
FOR A. FULLAKTJN, w. SOMMERvILLi AND J. BLACKIE-
all find ia ourselves a strong desire of viewing the world, and being acquainted with whatever i* remarkable in distant nations* but this inclination* how general soever, few have sufficient fortune of opportunity to gratify. And indeed, were it in our power, it would not be very commendable to indulge an idle curiosity, without proposing some real advantage either to ourselves or others. But when we consider that travelling, in its own nature, tends to wean us from our prejudices, to polish our manners, to improve our judgment, to refine our taste, and to furnish us with every kind of useful knowledge; I say, when we consider this, we must own it ha» of late been deservedly practised and encouraged, not only by the nobility and gentry of Great Britain* but those of our neighbouring nations.
If then the advantages of travelling are so evident and undeniable, it necessarily follows, that many must likewise arise from reading the writings of travellers. By this means a man may sit at home in ease and safety, and, for the expense of a few shillings, make all that treasure of observations and experience his own, for which the traveller has gone through innumerable difficulties and dangers, has spent the prime of his years^ and perhaps great part of an ample fortune.
What we here present the reader wuvh, is the tra* vels of the late Mr. Charles Thompson, whose