I will not enter particularly into the questions, whether or not the people will continue to work for wages, whether they will remain quiet,--or on the other hand, whether the Island will be suffered to become desolate, and the freed slaves relapse into barbarism, &c. These things have been speculated about, and gloomy predictions have had their day; the time has now come for the proof.
~Relapse.~ I study Evolution, And hear the teacher tell How we have all developed From an isolated cell; And in the examination Some fellows make it plain Their principles will bring them To the starting-point again.
But when the boundaries of belief became a question; when the world was told it ought to reject some doctrines, and retain others which seemed as difficult of comprehension; when one tenet was pronounced idolatry, and to doubt another declared damnation--the world either exploded or recoiled: it went too far or it shrank back; plunged into atheism, or relapsed into popery.
Do not imagine I have relapsed;--I only recover slower than I expected.
After many minor falls and penitences and relapses, he seemed at length to have settled down.