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regarded as proper objects of inquiry. Your traveller, on his part, was solicitous, while abroad, to execute to your satisfaction, his share in the enterprize, which you so generously supported; and has since been assiduous in rendering the materials, confided to him, not unworthy of the Society, and of a favourable reception from the curious and learned.

The spirit of discovery, which prevails in this nation, will ever be reckoned among its most honourable characteristics; and when the various attempts, to which it has given rise, shall be enumerated, and their produce examined, this, it is presumed, will be found of no inconsiderable value, but will receive its portion of praise, and reflect some lustre on the name of the Society of Dilettanti.

I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect and deference,

My Lords and Gentlemen,
Your most obliged

and most obedient

humble Servant,

RICHARD CHANDLER.

PREFACE.

The following Work cannot, perhaps, be more suitably prefaced than with the instructions of the Committee of Dilettanti, which the Author has the leave of the Society to lay before the Public, and with a succinct account of the materials, which the Tour produced.

"INSTRUCTIONS FOR MR. CHANDLER, MR. REVETT,

AND MR. PARS.

"Whereas the Society of Dilettanti have resolved, that a person or persons, properly qualified, be sent with sufficient appointments to some parts of the East, in order to collect informations, and to make observations, relative to the ancient state of those countries, and to such monuments of antiquity as are still remaining; and the Society having further resolved, that a sum, not exceeding two thousand pounds, be appropriated to that purpose; and having also appointed you to execute their orders on this head; we, the Committee entrusted by the Society with the care and management of this scheme, have agreed upon the following instructions for your direction, in the discharge of that duty, to which you are appointed.

"1. You are, forthwith, to embark on board the Anglicana, Captain Stuart, and to proceed to Smyrna, where you will present to Consul Hayes, the letters which have been delivered to you, from One of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and from the Turkey Company, and you will consult with Mr. Hayes, about the most effectual method of carrying those instructions into execution.

"2. Our principal object at present is, that, fixing upon Smyrna as your head-quarters, you do from thence make excursions to the several remains of antiquity in that neighbourhood, at such different times, and in such manner, as you shall, from the information collected on the spot, judge most safe and convenient, and that you do procure the exactest plans and measures possible of the buildings you shall find, making accurate drawings of the bas-reliefs and ornaments, and taking such views as you shall judge proper; copying all the inscriptions you shall meet with, and remarking every circumstance, which can contribute towards giving the best idea of the ancient and present state of those places.

"3. As various circumstances, best learnt upon the spot> must decide the order in which you shall proceed in the execution of the foregoing article, we shall not confine you in that respect, and shall only observe in general, that, by a judicious distribution of your time and business, you may, with proper diligence, in about twelve months, visit every place worth your notice, within eight or ten days'journey of Smyrna; it may be most advisable to begin with such objects as are less distant from that city, and which may give you an opportunity of soon transmitting to the Society a Specimen of your labours. You will be exact in marking distances, and the direction in which you travel, by frequently observing your watches and pocket-compasses, and you will take the variation as often as you can.

"4. Though the principal view of the Society, in this scheme, is pointed at such discoveries and observations, as you shall be able to make, with regard to the ancient state of those countries, yet it is by no means intended to confine you to that province; on the contrary, it is expected, that you do report to us, for the information of the Society, whatever can fall within the notice of curious and observing travellers; and, in order to ascertain more fully our meaning on this head, we do hereby direct, that from the day of your departure from hence, to that of your return, you do, each of you, keep a very minute journal of every day's occurrences and observations, representing things exactly in the light

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they strike you, in the plainest manner, and without, any regard to style or language, except that of being intelligible; and, that you do deliver the same, with whatever drawings you shall have made (which are to be considered as the property of the Society), to Mr. Hayes, to be by him transmitted, as often as conveyances shall offer, to us, under cover to William Russell, Esq. Secretary to the Levant Company, and you shall receive from us, through the same channel, such further orders as we may judge necessary.

"5. Having ordered the sum of two hundred pounds to be invested in Mr. Chandler's hands, to defray all expenses which may be incurred, till your arrival at Smyrna, we have also ordered a credit in your favour, to the amount of eight hundred pounds per annum, to commence from the day of your arrival at that place, you giving drafts, signed by Mr. Chandler, and Mr. Revett, or Mr. Pars; the whole to be disposed of as follows; viz. one hundred pounds a year to Mr. Revett; eighty pounds a year to Mr. Pars, who are each of them to be paid one quarter in advance; the remainingsix hundred and twenty is to be applied to the common purposes of the journey, by Mr. Chandler, who is to be treasurer, paymaster, and accomptant, and may appropriate, to his private use, such part of that sum, as he shall find necessary, informing us of his management of the common stock, and transmitting to us his account from time to time.

"6. And though our entire confidence in your prudence

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