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JOURNEY FROM CAIRO TO SUEZ AND MOUNT SINAI.
Chap. I. — Preparations for our departure. ALTHOUGH the chief object of our voyage was to visit Arabia, we were A unwillingly detained in Egypt for nearly a year. Several circumstances obliged us to this involuntary delay.
On account of the pretended fanctity of the Pilgrims, Christians are prohibited from travelling to Arabia by land, with the caravan for Mecca. They are under a necessity, therefore, of waiting till the season when the Red Sea becomes navigable, and vessels fail from the harbour of Suez for Jidda.
While we waited these opportunities, we found it equally impossible to visit mount Sinai, or Jibbel-el-Mokatteb, the celebrated hill of inscriptions, both of which we de. figned to examine. The Egyptians had been at war, during all the last year, with a small tribe of Arabs who dwelt in the environs of Tor, which rendered such a journey impracticable before the return of the caravan from Mecca, the conductor of which had been commissioned to negotiate a peace with the offended Arabs.
This skirmishing war had arisen from the intemperate rapacity of the Arabs, who gain their livelihood by hiring out camels, and carrying goods between Suez and VOL, x,