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Damaschus June 26, Sat. 4. P.M.
Dear Br. B.
I wrote to you twice from [?Dev el Kamer]. Thursday we set off for this place at 7 A.M. We descended to the stream that runs between D. el D. & Btedyn, the Emir's Palace & leaving the Palace to the night began to ' ascend. The stream that runs through this valley I take to be the same that empties a little N. of Sidon & is there called Berook. At 8 1/2 we passed the Goat's Fountain [?Ain el Maaza]. At 11 1/2 we stopped to dine & sleep a little while in the shade at Ain Berook. A most delightful spot. The water issues forth at several different places & forms a considerable stream of the coldest, best water I have seen in the country. We rested till 40 min. past one. At 3,40 we reached the highest summit of Lebanon at this part of the Mountain. Then began a tolerably regular descent to the Plain of [?Costo] Syria. The E. side of Mt. Leb. is tolerably well wooded principally with oaks but of a stinted growth. At 5.40 min. reached the Plain. At 6.40 crossed a river & encamped for the night in a little brush hut full of holes & full of vermin. This is the river that rises at Balbeck & runs along between Lebanon & Anti-Leb. &, as I suppose, empties between Sidon & Tyre. About a mile from the place where we lodged is a village called Gib Geneen at the foot of
A a projection from Anti-Leb. Friday started at 5 1/4 leaving