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verandah at Cliff House, and then made up beds for our guests.
The next morning Mr. Wolston came up to me, and shaking my hand heartily, said, ' I cannot express all the admiration that I feel on seeing what you have done. The hand of God has been with you, and here you live happily, far away from the strife of the world, alone with your family. I came from England to seek rest: where can I find it better than here ? I shall be the happiest of men if you will allow me to establish myself in a corner of your domains.'
I assured him that nothing would give me greater pleasure.
He told his wife of my assent, and she was as much pleased as he. But I was thinking of more difficult problems. The ship was only the second we had seen in ten years, and probably as long a period might elapse before another appeared, should we let Captain Littelton leave us, and not take advantage of this opportunity to return to a civilized country ?
My wife did not wish to go. I was myself too much attached to my life to leave it, and we were both at an age when hazards and dangers have no attraction, and ambition has resolved itself into a