His Return To Mr Bird

Dec. 12. Shidiak returned, after nearly a month's absence, to continue

with me for a year, risking whatever obloquy and violence might come

upon him. He has just been obliged to give up an advantageous contract

of marriage, into which he had some months ago entered, because, since

suspicions were afloat that he is heretical in his notions, the father

of the girl required him to bring a letter from the patriarch,

specifying what office he would give him. He now gives up all intentions

of marriage. For his greater security, I am to procure for him the usual

written protection of the English consul, which shall insure to him,

while in my immediate employ, all the safety and liberty of an English