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view, that I really cannot ascertain with any degree of accuracy.
Harriot. I think I can, not so much from the scene, because the waggons are so crowded, and the boys who are assisting in driving the cattle run about so much, that however near they were, I could not number them, but I think Scripture says, all the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt were threescore and six, for I suppose we must not reckon Joseph and his children, that would make them three score and ten.
Mrs. N.-Very well indeed, Harriot, your sister was trusting more to her sight than to her memory, however both have done pretty well, I shall en
deavour to persuade your Papa to add to your library a volume or two illustrative of Scripture history; whose would you recommend, Sir?
D. There is much information
in Harmer's observations, Burder in his Oriental Customs has greatly improved upon that work, and Paxton has added to his own elaborate observations, instructive remarks on the works of preceding authors on the subject: either of these will prove a valuable addition to the young ladies' library.
Mrs. N.-Thank you, Sir. I think my daughters will soon have either one or more of them.
The young ladies saluted their
Mamma for the approbation which she expressed, and thanked her for the intended proof thereof.
On looking again into the Camera, Amelia, said, You have made a rapid transition, Sir, from Canaan to Egypt. The city in the distance, and the apparent fertility of the country, induce me to think that this is the province of Goshen. With what rapidity a chariot is approaching!- certainly that is Joseph !—he instantly descends, springs into the waggon, and appears almost to faint on the neck of his father; while he clasps his son in his aged arms, as if saying, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, and because thou art yet alive.
D.-Now, young ladies, you may see Joseph represented in the most exalted situation that he ever sustained. His being honoured with the second chariot in Egypt, and the people bowing the knee before him, was contempt, compared with the dignity conferred upon him in that event, which this scene imperfectly represents.
It was more than twenty years since his brethren sold him to the Ishmaelites, on account of that dream which was at this time verified; for he was honoured with being the support of his aged parent, and his almost starving brethren. Having introduced them to Pharaoh, he pro
cured the land of Goshen for their residence; and there they multiplied exceedingly.
The time drawing nigh that Jacob must die, at his command Joseph solemnly promised him that he would bury him in the burying-place of his fathers; but previously to that event he lay in state in Egypt.
"Jacob lay in state in Egypt!" said Harriot, "I am sure I do not recollect any thing about that."
Nor I neither," added Amelia, as she looked into the Camera; then turning to the Exhibitor, said, "Excuse me, Sir, but have you not mistaken the scene? In this. I perceive Jacob