History of the Church
ALEXANDRIA, Nov. 22, 1841
DEAR BROTHER PRATT:
--- A few minutes now offer for me to write, and I improve them in writing to you.
I have only time to say that I have seen Jerusalem precisely according to the vision
which I had. I saw no one with me in the vision; and although Elder Page was
appointed to accompany me there, yet I found myself there alone.
The Lord knows that I have had a hard time, and suffered much, but I have great
reason to thank Him that I enjoy good health at present, and have a prospect before
me of soon going to a civilized country, where I shall see no more turbans or
camels. The heat is most oppressive, and has been all through Syria.
I have not time to tell you how many days I have been at sea, without food, or how
many snails I have eaten; but if I had had plenty of them, I should have done very
well. All this is contained in a former letter to you written from Jaffa.
I have been at Cairo, on the Nile, because I could not get a passage direct. Syria is
in a dreadful state -- a war of extermination is going on between the Druses and
Catholics. At the time I was at Beyroot, a battle was fought in the mountains of
Lebanon, near that place, and about 800 killed. Robberies, thefts and murders are
daily being committed. It is no uncommon thing to find persons in the streets
without heads. An English officer, in going from St. Jean D'Acre to Beyroot, found
ten persons murdered in the street, and was himself taken prisoner, but was rescued
by the timely interference of the pasha. The particulars of all these things are
contained in a former letter.
An American traveler, by the name of Gager, who was a licensed minister of the
Congregational or Presbyterian church, left Jerusalem in company with me. He
was very unwell with the jaundice when we left, and at Damietta, we had to
perform six days quarantine before we ascended the Nile. On our passage up, he
was taken very ill with a fever, and became helpless. I waited and tended upon him
as well as our circumstances would allow; and when we landed at Bulack, I got
four men to take him to the American consuls at Cairo, on a litter; I also took all
his baggage there, and assisted in putting him upon a good bed -- employed a good
faithful Arabian nurse, and the English doctor. After the physician had examined
him, he told me that he was very low with a typhus fever, and that it would be
doubtful whether he recovered. Under these circumstances I left him to obtain a
passage to this place. After I had gone on board a boat, and was just about pushing
off, a letter came from the doctor, stating that poor Mr. Gager died in about two