Page:Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile - In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773 volume 1.djvu/101

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TRAVELS
to discover
THE SOURCE OF THE NILE,


BOOK I.


The author's travels in Egypt - Voyage in the Red Sea, till his arrival at Masuah.


CHAP. I.


The Author sails from Sidon — Touches at Cyprus — Arrives at Alexandria — Sets out for Rosetto — Embarks an the Nile — and arrives at Cairo.

It was on Saturday the 15th of June, 1768, I sailed in a French vessel from Sidon, once the richest and most powerful city in the world, though now there is not remaining a shadow of its ancient grandeur. We were bound for the island of Cyprus; the weather clear and exceedingly hot, the wind favourable.