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152- LIFE OF REV. JOHN MURRAY.

and bless my mission. On my arrival in Nmv-York, I learned, to my great astonishment, that tlie friend, on wiiom my hoj^es of a winter gar- ment had rested, was become njy enemy I I was j^reaily pained, he was very dear to me ; but a religious slanderer iiad been at his ear, and had prejudiced him agaii. St me. I lost him forever — alas ! alas ! how many such losses have I sustained, since I became a promulgator of the trutli, as it is in Jesus.

Leaving Nt'w-York, I postponed my journey to Newport, passed through East Jersev, and stop|)ed at Amboy, where I had nmny friends. Sitting one evening at tea with a lady, she complained, that her maid had quitted her, having been seduced from her duty, by a fuot soldier. This immediately reminded me of Mrs. Trinl)ath, the poor unhapjjy lady, at whose house, in Cork, I had, in company with Mr. Wliitttield, and others, been so splendidly entertained. I related the mournful tale, when the lady assured me, she knew the unhappy creature ; she had seen her in Amboy, and that she was now in New-York, in a most wretched situation. 1 immediately conceived a hope, that, if I could obtain an interview with her, I might prevail ujion her to return to her widowed mother, and to her children ; and although her husband was no more, she might yet, in some measure, retrieve the past. Alas ! alas I I did not calculate, that I was thus making provision for the most serious calamity, which, during my sojourn in this new world, had un- til then overtaken me. The following day, intent on my purpose, I took passage in the packet, for New- York ; accompanied by the ser- jeant-major of the regiment, to w hich the fellow belonged, w ith whom this deluded woman lived. I asked him, if he knew such a person ? Yes, he knew her, and she was in a very wretched condition. 1 sighed, from t!ie inmost recesses of my soul, while I listened to his account of her manner of living. I begged to know, if I could see her. Yes, he coidd conduct me to her abode ; but on our arrival, passing over the common, near the gaol, to the residence of this poor creature, we chanced to meet her infamous seducer, who, not having heard of the death of Mr. Trinbath, immediately concluded I was timt injured hus- band, come to reclaim my wretched ivanderer. I nder this imprt^asion, he hastened home, and efTectually secreted Iut, before we reached the door. I was disappointi'd, but 1 informed a poor creutiire in the house, that I would call, upon the ensuing day, at one o'clock, when I hoped I might obtain an interview. I was, tjje next day, punctual to the appointment; but, instead of the misguided woman, I received a letter, flnc^.-i,-) tr, Mr. Trinbath, entreating most earnestlv, that I would not

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