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this tract into a vast field for agricultural purposes, while the
waters which would pass off into the Mediterranean, being to a
great extent deprived of their silt, would cause immediate relief
to the harbour of Port Said, and that part of the canal which opens
into it. This is a grand scheme, calculated to be of benefit both
to tha agricultural and commercial interests of Egypt. I can only
express the hope that Mr. Le- Mesurier may have the happiness of
seeing it one day put into execution. On approaching Alexandria, a
pilot came on board to steer us through the intricate channel by
which the harbour is entered; and on rounding the point of the
large breakwater, we came in view of the city and its harbour1 all
at once, a view calculated to afford both pleasure and surprise,
?pleasure at its beauty; surprise, that a harbour and city so
recently the scene of a tremendous bombardment, should, at first
sight, present such slight traces of the conflict. In front lay the
city, built on a gradually- ascending slope, and in the background
to the left the elevated and fashionable suburb of Ramleh. On the
left of the harbour, the Fort of Pharos, partly in ruins, the
lighthouse, and the Palace of Ras-el-Teen, white and glistening in
the sunshine, and surrounded by pleasant gardens. On the right, the
barracks, fortifications, lighthouse, and other public buildings:
and in the distance, the noble column known as Pompey's Pillar. The
harbour itself was gay and busy. Ships of many nations lay at their
moorings, both merchantmen and passenger steamship; while the
beautiful yacht of the Khedive swung at anchor in the centre. The
surface of the water swarmed with smaller craft and barges, amongst
which was one to convey on shore Her Majesty's Consul, Mr. Cookson,
who had made the ]assage...
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