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PREFACE TO PART THE SECOND.
When the Author published the first volume of these Travels, he proposed to divide the Work into three portions. The observations made in “ Greece, Syria, and Egypt,' were reserved for the Second Part; whether consisting of one volume, or of more than one. This plan is still pursued; but from the very perplexed state of the geography of the country alluded to by the word Syria, the less exceptionable appellation of Palæstine was substituted, in the Second Edition, for that of Syria. The same perplexity has again induced the Author to alter what he had thus written, and to consider the present publication as containing observations made in Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land.
The several names of Syria, Palæstine, the Holy Land, the Land of Canaan, the Land of Judæa, and the Land of Promise, have been used indiscriminately with reference to a particular territory, or separately applied to different parts of it. Neither antient nor modern geographers are agreed as to the precise limits intended by either of these appellations.