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(OF CASTLE EDEN),
FIRM IN FRIENDSHIP,
WHO SPED MY PARTING
AND WELCOMED MY RETURNING
THESE NOTES ARE DEDICATED.
VARIOUS circumstances had induced me to select Algiers as a winter residence, when compelled by ill health to quit my northern home. Egypt had been recommended, but the cost and distance forbade it. Malta and Malaga possessed but few attractions for one whose favourite recreation was natural history. Algiers presented the advantages of easy access from Marseilles, of French conveniences, and of a climate which, if inferior to that of Egypt, yet certainly is more equable in spring than any to be found on the northern shores of the Mediterranean.
With strength, by God's blessing, rapidly recruited, many excursions were made into the interior; and as spring advanced, these on two occasions were pushed beyond the Atlas into the Northern Sahara. Here an atmosphere bright, dry, and invigorating convinced me that I had found the true sanatorium for any one sufficiently convalescent to dispense with the luxuries of
From the officers of the French outposts, among whom I would venture gratefully to name General Gastu, MM. le Capitaine Vinçon and le Capitaine Dastugue, both “du Génie,” I received unbounded hospitality, and through them was enabled to acquire the friendship of several nomad chiefs; while a very cursory survey promised abundant objects of interest in natural history to reward more patient investigation.
Being advised by my medical friends to pass another