THE SINAI SURVEY.
Origin of the Expedition. — Reasons for making the Survey — Members of the Party. — Rival Claims of Jebels Músa and Serbál. — Details of the Survey. — The Arabs' Ideas upon the Subject. — Nomenclature. — Difficulties of the Investigation; and Method pursued.
THE question proposed by Dean Stanley in his masterly exposition of the connection between sacred history and sacred geography — namely, "Can such a connection be traced between the scenery, the features, the boundaries, the situation of Sinai and of Palestine, on the one hand, and the history of the Israelites, on the other?" embodies the whole idea of those who conceived and matured the scheme for making an accurate survey of the Peninsula of Sinai. The circumstances which led to the formation of the Sinai Survey Expedition are well known; it was first projected by the Rev. Pierce Butler, rector of Ulcombe, Kent, whose melancholy and premature death, when he was upon the eve of starting for a preliminary exploration, seemed at first likely to prove a fatal blow to the undertaking; but, through the energy of those to whom he had confided his plans, they have been carried out on a more complete and exhaustive scale than could have been hoped or anticipated. Sir Henry James, with the sanction of the Government, undertook to direct the survey