Connexion With Mr Bird
Under the influence of these doubts, which seem to have distressed him
greatly, he entered the service of Mr. Bird as his instructer in Arabic.
His doubts continued to increase; for he now began in earnest the study
of the Bible and of his own heart, and made constant progress in the
knowledge of both. At length he became a protestant in faith, and, as
there is reason to believe, a truly pious man. Immediately he commenced
reformer; and though young, his matured judgment, his vigorous
intellect, his intrepidity, and his acquisitions, great for his age and
his nation, soon drew towards him the general attention.