A Reformed Roman Catholic Priest

Asenath Nicholson
Chapter XXVI (13) | Start of Chapter

But I have stood too long on the steps of Mr. Barrett's door. A reformed Roman Catholic priest, attached to the colony, heard that I had visited Mrs. Nangle, and called to inquire. Knowing that we cannot "unknow our knowledge," and that if he had been a jesuit, he could not forget the skill, I was guarded. His well managed questions were tolerably evaded, till he asked, "How did Mrs. Nangle treat you, and how did you like her?" "She treated me, I believe, just as she felt, and I ought to be thankful that towards me she was no hypocrite." His answer was, "There is a great deal of religion in the world, but a very little piety; and after all, probably the Mahometans are the true church."

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