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forming me of the steps he had taken, and the unbounded advantages 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 Alexandria....... and we returned to Baiae, in Italy, where the fair Roman possessed a very charming seat, which she resolved to make her residence for a time.

“ Here she found the manners of her new acquaintance so congenial with her own, that she entirely threw off the restraint which decency sometimes compelled her to

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licentiousness, that......even I........
could no longer continue with her
- - - - - - We parted......and I joined my
brother. -
“This happened shortly after you
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 con-

venient 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
bear to think, that my dear Proteus
should appear so insignificant in
any body's eyes.

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“ This led to many disputes......but I found Kerinthus predetermined against all I could advance....Indeed the Prophet had taken it into his head, that your enthusiasm would most essentially serve his cause...in the character of an apostle.....or..... if necessary......that of a martyr..... and that it would be impolitic to reveal to you more than would assist his views.

“My brother must forgive it, if my conduct bears the semblance of treachery towards him....... But never, my dear Peregrine! will your friend Theoclea stand by,.....an unconcerned spectator,......while your glowing zeal is leading you imper

if Kerinthus wants martyrs......!et him find them, without doing violence to the tenderest emotions of my heart.

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“ to float in a visionary world, pro“ duces an harmless and a transient “ pleasure;.....but to suffer it blindly “ to pursue an enthusiastic dream for “ life.....to be the passive agent of de“ ception........ is to become a despi“ cable slave......At the villa Manilia “ Theoclea blinded your eyes to make “ you happy.....She now opens them “ to produce the same effect.”

My fair companion continued her discourse........ and fancying she had gained her point....... by removing the veil which had deceived me.....and by surmounting my natural abhorrence to deceive others.....looked up to mee my smile of approbation.

I confess that the ingenuity of her arguments........ confirmed by her eloquently-pleading eyes.......the seduction of her voice......and the bewitching charms of her whole person........ transiently overcame me.....She hailed the auspicious moment.......and anticipated the pleasures of her triumph.

“The Viceroy...dearest Proteus....” she continued, “ is one of my best “friends.....Do not be angry....... My “ claims upon him commenced at the “ baths of Daphne.......I cannot con“ ceal any thing from you, even at the “ expence of my blushes..... Your de“ liverance is at hand.....I have called “ you my near relation....... and the “Prince's order will release you in “, the morning.......I have represented “ you to him, as an harmless vision“ ary........... possessing very shining “ talents to counterbalance that foible “.....and intreating indulgence for the “ errors of your flighty imagination.”

She then gave me some instructions how to behave when the Roman satraps made their appearance in the morning -- - - - - appointed a place where we should meet after my liberation......embraced • * * * * * and left me.

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