The Dead Sea, or Lake Asphaltites
Superstition, Progress, Discovery, Travel, Vulcanology, Chemistry, Natural History, Exploration
[Scott] 1825 , Clarke 1810–23
The writer observes that the author of Tales of the Crusaders has 'availed himself of the traditionary superstitions' respecting the Dead Sea, 'which the progress of science and investigations of travellers have exploded', and consequently proposes giving 'a description of the lake, free from ancient fable or the charms of modern romance'. In conclusion, the writer observes that the time is 'near at hand' when the lake will be 'more philosophically examined'. The 'thirst of knowledge, and the love of travel' mean that such countries cannot 'long continue unexplored'.
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