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GENERAL STATEMENT OF CONTENTS.

GENERAL STATEMENT ON CONTENTS.

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stances used for the Signets of Cyprus—their
most antient form.

CHAP.

I.

1

the Fleet.

Nelson's
Island.

Upon the first of May, we returned to the
Return to fleet for our baggage, and took this opportunity

to examine the Isle of Bekier', or, as it is now
called, “ Nelson's Island.” We procured here
about half a bushel of the bulbs of a very
superb species of lily, with which the whole
island was covered. Heaps of human bodies,
cast up after “ the Action of the Nile," as it
has been rather improperly termed', and not
having been exposed to the devouring jackals,
still presented upon the shore a revolting spec-
tacle. Captain Clarke, who was with us,
employed the crew of his cutter in burying

their remains; and we were proud to aid their Antiqui- pious labour. Small as this island is, it yet contains

very remarkable antiquities. We observed the paved floors of buildings, with part of their superstructure, and some arched chambers lined with stucco, stretching out from the island towards Aboukir. Other

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(1) Or, Aboukir.

(2) Even the Rosetta branch of the Nile is at such a considerable distance to the East of Aboukir Bay, which was the real scene of action, that to call it the Action of the Nile is not less absurd than to name the Battle of Trafalgar the Action of Tangiers.

quin pious labour. Small as this island is, it yet

CHAP.

1.

GemsNotice of a Picture by Zeuxis-Sub stances used for the Signets of Cyprus—their most antient form.

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Fleet.

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Upon the first of May, we returned to the rn to fleet for our baggage, and took this opportunity

to examine the Isle of Bekier', or, as it is now om's called, “ Nelson's Island." We procured here

about half a bushel of the bulbs of a rers superb species of lily, with which the whole island was covered. Heaps of human bodies, cast up after “the Action of the Nile,” as it has been rather improperly termed, and not having been exposed to the devouring jackal still presented upon the shore a revolting spel.

remains might also be observed under water ; a convincing proof of the changes to which the coast has been liable, from the encroachment of the sea.

A very singular subterraneous passage, now open at its northern extremity, leads to

some apartments in the opposite direction, which have an aperture above them, on a level with the surface of the higher part of the island : no conjecture can be formed whither this passage extended elsewhere, as it has been opened by the sea towards the bay. Pliny mentions this island; but the history of these ruins seems to be lost in hopeless obscurity : some have suspected that they might have belonged to the antient city of Canopus, now lying buried beneath the waves,-a memorable

instance of the fate attending cities distin: guished only by their vices : but all this is

mere conjecture, and some reasons will be given in the sequel to show that Canopus may have had a different situation". We found here a few other curious plants, whose names will appear in the Appendix to the Third Section; and we observed in great abundance, among the sand, those small and beautiful shells worn by Maltese sailors, in their ears.

tacle. Captain Clarke, who was with us employed the crew of his cutter in burying their remains; and we were proud to aid their

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some very remarkable antiquities We observed the paved floors of buildings with part of their superstructure, and some arched chambers lined with stucco, stretching out from the island towards Aboukir. Other

(3) See Chap. VIII. Vol. V.

B 2

(1) Or, Aboukir.

(2) Even the Rosetta branch of the Nile is at such a considerable distance to the East of Aboukir Bay, which was the real scene of actio, that to call it the Action of the Nile is not less absurd than to name tike Battle of Trafalgar the Action of Tangiers.

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