The providence that permitted and overshadowed the travels described in the following pages was an expanding one. It began with the crystallization of a plan for the authors to visit England for a period of evangelistic ministry, grew happily to the inclusion of the Holy Land and developed into an irresistible call to touch the Far East. The result was a world-tour.
All of the matter in Part I was written by the senior author originally in the form of weekly letters of travel for "periodical" publication. These letters were characterized by much of the informal ease and personal license of private correspondence. The variations of light and shadow, of which all life as well as all art is made up, were to be found in them. The little happenings of the way, whether saddening or gladdening, did not escape record. Many of these touches, some of them quite frankly personal, have been allowed to survive in the task of compiling and editing this manuscript, in the hope that their presence will serve as a relief from the stiffness of a conventional travelogue.
If at times the reader encounters rather sharp, rough transitions in paragraphing, let him bear in mind that each chapter represents, with certain essential modifications, a grouping of letters which were separately written and separately published.
Part II is confined entirely to the Holy Land. It may be likened to a series of "insets" which map-makers frequently offer when a particular locality appearing on a map requires special magnification of scale. The "inset" brings out details that were hidden in the larger view. Chapters 06 and 07 of Part I sketch the broad outlines of our visit to the Savior's land; Part II selects certain places of importance for more detailed treatment.
Paul S. Rees
The Table of Contents are as follows:
PART I A RECORD OF [THEN] RECENT TRAVELS BY SETH C. REES
1 FROM THE NEW WORLD TO THE OLD
3 ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND
4 SWEDEN, BELGIUM AND FRANCE
5 SWITZERLAND AND ITALY
6 EGYPT AND PALESTINE
7 PALESTINE AND EGYPT
8 IN TROPICAL WATERS
11 FROM THE FAR EAST TO THE GOLDEN GATE
PART II GLIMPSES OT THE HOLY LAND
12 PALESTINE TODAY
15 THE JORDAN
17 LAKE GALILEE