I have conceived it might be well to inform the reader of this little volume of themanner in which I was ﬁrst led to the investigation of the subject treated of inthis work.In the fall of 1882 I was preparing a lecture on the Great Pyramid of Geezeh,in Egypt.; and in doing so, I was perusing that great work,
, byProf. P. Smyth, Astronomer Royal to Scotland. Marking such things as seemedadapted to my lecture, I saw, occasionally, things that I did not need, which Ipassed over without any particular examination. At one time I saw the term"Anglo-Saxon," but as I had no use for that, I passed on without any examinationwhatever. At length, having gone through with the perusal of that great work, and havingarranged my notes somewhat, the thought occurred to me – What, what did Isee about Anglo-Saxons? I could not tell, nor where to ﬁnd it. I therefore beganturning back, scanning every page, if possibly I might ﬁnd it. At length aftera long search I found the place, and read’ "The Anglo-Saxon bring the identicaldescendants of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel"! So and so. What! what’. I said,what under the sun does the man mean? Is he crazy? or am I dreaming? Againand again I read the sentence, but to no beneﬁt; I could make nothing of it. Atlength, having arranged the materials for my lecture to. my liking, I wrote toProf. P. Smyth, saying:
"My Dear Sir: I have been perusing your great work on the Pyramid, with a great deal of interest, and a greatdeal of proﬁt, too, sir; but I came to a sentence
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that completely upset me; asthe sailors say, ’threw me on my beam’s end.’ Now, sir, I want to know if there is any possible evidenceof such a thing?"
Well, in a short time, I received a most charming letter from the Professor, to-gether with a package of tracts – monographs, every one on this identical subject– not written by himself: These I began at once to explore, and that, too, withno ordinary eagerness. But when I had completed the reading of the package,I no longer needed to inquire, "Is there any possible evidence of that thing?" forthe evidence now burst upon me with such divine effulgence as well-nigh utterlyto overwhelm me with its dazzling radiance. Amazement ﬁlled my mind! Whyhad I never seen this before? And now was borne ill upon my inner soul, as by3