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views, by which I found that he appeared like an invisible Monarch

presiding over an invisible king" dom.

“ You know Kerinthus,..... by his genius......intrèpidity........and per

severance...........he formed the stu“ pendous idea of organizing a system “ to enslave the opinions of man“ kind, and render them subservient “ to his guidance.

“ He was born a Christian.......and “ the quickness of his apprehension

soon leading him to the develope“ ment of their principles, he em

ployed his eloquence.......persuasion “ .........fire ;.......managed his public “ discourses with such refinement, " that all his favorite ideas commu“ nicated with the minds of his hear

ers ..........and he gradually pursued “ his zeal, till he raised himself to “ the distinguished post he now holds

among

them...... And, as he told me " that he placed a perfect confi“ dence in my talents, I readily consented to employ my mental en“6 dowments towards the advance• ment of a project I felt to be " the most brilliant and productive “ that could possibly be attempted. “

Still I was too much attached to “ Mamilia....or rather to the luxurious

indulgence I lived in with her.....to

reconcile án abrupt departure....... “ This I explained to my brother, “ who only half yielded to my rea

soning.......and as we warmly de“ bated the subject...... What should

present itself to my imagination, “ but the full-length portrait of my “ dear fugitive, Proteus.

“ Cease, brother,.......I exclaimed with transport......all further con

troversy..... I have just discovered a a treasure which I will lay open

be

66 and

“ fore you, and it will richly com

pensate for the loss of my company.

“ I then told him, I knew a youth " who appeared to me expressly “ formed by nature for the advance“ ment of his fortunes.......I disclosed 66 to him the whole of

your history.... you will readily imagine how eagerly he devoured my words, as “ I described the extraordinary........ “ decided..........and amiable enthu66 siast.

I imagined you had taken the “ road to Smyrna, and Kerinthus, at

my request, instantly resolved to - follow you............

..To provide against accident, he dispatched in“ numerable enquiries all around, ~ to ascertain the certainty of your 6 residence.

66 All succeeded........I received let“ ters of thanks from Kerinthus, in

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forming me of the steps he had “ taken, and the unbounded advan

tages he expected to derive from so
promising a pupil.
“ I continued with the beautiful

Mamilia, till she became wearied of the very pleasures which sur« rounded her......and she determined

on quitting Asia Minor..... I attended “ her to the famous baths of Daphne,

near Antioch..... thence to Alexan« dria......and we returned to Baiæ, “ in Italy, where the fair Roman

possessed a very charming seat, " which she resolved to make her - residence for a time.

66 Here she found the manners of “ her new acquaintance so congenial “ with her own, that she entirely " threw off the restraint which de

cency sometimes compelled her to “ 'wear..... and yielded....with so little

moderation.......to every specics of

* licentiousness, that......even I........ “ could no longer continue with her ..... We parted......and I joined my « brother. .“ This happened shortly after you 's were sent upon your mission to the “ Syrian coast ;....and, as my first in“quiries were after you,..... Kerinthus “ detailed the nature of your labors “ in the vineyard of the Lord;......but “ I found by his discourse, he was so “ far from thinking you worthy his confidence, that he merely used you as a simpleton, whose enthusiasm “ he could divert into any, and every, “ channel he might think most convenient for his own purposes.

" At this discovery.....I started...... “ the warmth of our firm attachment ...... nay.....my unceasing esteem..... fired at the idea......and I could not o bear to think, that my dear Proteus “ should appear so insignificant in “ any body's eyes.

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