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the appointed time.....I left Smyrna, because I had no longer any business there.......and my presence was necessary at Miletum......Indeed I was expected back at Parium.....I had only to go immediately to Mytelene, whence I could pass by sea to Parium ;......and yet.....I preferred making the circuitous route by land, which took me to Pergamos. : Thus did I.....without, being able to account for the act......fulfil a prophecy, which common reason......the attention I owed my father's interests .....in fact,.....which my duty opposed the probability of being verified...... The truth is,......My desire to go to Pergamos' grew insensibly, so strong, that I do not believe I attempted to : resist it, though I would not confessil was guided by it. . . . . . . . . . . . ..., ...”. The most singular part of the story, however, is......that although Ivolun

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tarily......as you may say......accomplished the Stranger's prediction, it was not in the least weakened by that circumstance.......How.......... I would argue ......could he possibly know I meant to go to Pergamos simply to substantiate his veracity..........when

culty of tracing the embryo of my mind; and foreseeing I would resist all obstacles, and do as he foretold 2 On the sixth day following the new moon I arrived at Pergamos. I passed my time in visiting the market, and other public places, supposing I should meet the Stranger......but his time was not come........My impatience and faith increased together.....The next morning, as I pursued my rounds.........I noticed a slave who had followed me some time, and with marked attention .......sometimes walking on one side,... sometimes at another.....halting.......

rious gestures, indicating a desire to speak with me....I stopped, at length, by an old monument which stood on a spot little frequented.......The slave submissively approached.......and, addressing me,....... enquired if I was not Peregrine Proteus, of Parium......I answered....... “Yes.”....... When he delivered me a sealed note to this purport. . . “ Follow whither this slave shall “ lead thee.” . . ... . . “The Stranger of Smyrna.” I was requested by the slave to present myself the fourth hour after sunset, at a particular place, which he pointed out........ when I should find him ready to conduct me where I should be pleased to go. I promised.........The hour came. The slave was as soon at the appointment......nearly,......as myself..... No time was lost in ceremony.....he desired I would follow;.....and led me through a number of narrow lanes, and winding alleys, to a very small door, just sufficient to admit one person at a time. On a signal.......it was opened from within......“Take my hand;” said the slave.....“ and be sure not to loose “ your hold.”......The passage was so dark, not an appearance of light was

inside.....There was an aperture, covered with gauze, through which a feeble light just discovered the interior of the apartment. - * * • ‘There were benchés above: each other.....all round this small room;..... and crouded with people of all ages, ...sexes...and ranks.....In the middle stood a large elevated table covered with carpeting. . . . . . o ... All was profound silence.

While I was making these observations, a person, clad in a white linen surplice......having a large purple cross hanging down in front.........entered the apartment......He held a censor: which he waved at the congregation, filling the place with clouds of incense. . . . . . . . * This ceremony"I found particularly grateful to my nerves,.........as there was a noisome.....damp... smell in the room, which was very offensive.... fat first doubted whether I was not trepanned into some disgraceful situation; but I soon found I was among a sect of Christians.

Shortly after, a second person appeared......habited nearly as the former......and approaching the table......” said a short silent prayer...he them. began to chant a litany;..........the responses were sang by the congregation in low voices, which contributed very

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