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The Founders of Canterbury

Charles Buller, Esq., M.P

Charles Buller, Esq., M.P.

Reigate, 12th December, 1847.

My Dear Buller,

—I cannot resist the temptation to write and congratulate you on the Poor-Law appointment. It takes you out of a miserably wrong position, and at length gives you a fair opportunity of earning the distinction which your talents must command whenever you both will and can exert them. The sinecure, with a pretence of colonizing work, whilst you were muzzled and yet held responsible for lamentable failure, was destroying you as a public man. I heard some people say that you must have been "mad" to make the change: they little know: I think it a most wise step for your own sake merely. For now, indeed, you have a great field, lots of responsibility, and an unavoidable necessity for doing and speaking. It is just the thing for you, short of being at the head of a great department; and the other was detestable.

Nor do I despise the change on selfish grounds for my own sake; namely, that I hope our old sympathies on colonizing matters may now be revived, at least in private. My book on the Art of Colonization is taking a shape for the press; and I page 7have a real satisfaction in feeling now, that I can speak the truth without risk of hurting you.

With kind regards to Fleming,

Yours ever most truly,

E. G. Wakefield.