as the people themselves were concerned for they frequently
intermingled. Solomon was the son of Bathsheba, formerly
the wife of yriah the Hittite, while he himself married an
Egyptian princess, a daughter of Pharaoh. In fact both so¬
cial relations and political relations grew exceedingly close at
times throughout Biblical history, and from this and similar
practices in ages following it may be reasonably inferred that
neither Solomon nor his Egyptian bride possessed unalloyed
We are told that nearly every complexion is still found in
Egypt—"the yellowish Copt, supposed to represent the an¬
cient Egyptian, the swarthy villager, the dark wild Arab, the
dead, dusky soft black of the Nubian, the coarser, more jetty
black of the Negro and still further, the weather-blacked,
spirited and often finely chiseled face of the southern Arab.
The natives of Egypt are generally dark and far southward
toward i.thiopia, almost black ; yet those of high rank, being:
protected from the sun are pretty fair, and would be reckoned
such even in Britain ; " at least so says Matthew Henry.
We can heartily bespeak for this little volume a cordial re¬
ception, feeling sure that its perusal will not only result in
pleasure but in profit, arousing thoughtful minds to give more
attention to a line of investigation .that shauld* occupy more
and more the scholars of the Negro race.
W S. SCARBOROUGH,
"Tretton Place," Wilberforce, Ohio.