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The Founders of Canterbury

William Hutt, Esq., M.P

William Hutt, Esq., M.P.

Reigate, 13th December 1847.

My dear Hutt,

—I see no objection to your writing to Godley: on the contrary, for it would encourage him.

Being tired with my two days' exertion in London, I did not go to Dale Park with Cowell, but asked him to pass a page 8day with me here, which he will do to-morrow. I hope we shall have something in shape for the Committee and Court on Friday: but in order to do that I shall have to make large sacrifices of opinion. And again, with a view of getting on at all at N. Z. House, whether in the Church affair or general business, it is obviously necessary to let the Government, through the Commissioner, have its way. I, for one, will not object, provided we do not take the responsibility of acts Which we disapprove. How to avoid this is a difficult question. I wish you would think of it. Some new course must be taken or there will be open war in a month between the Company and the Colonial Office. Perhaps that is not undesirable with a view to the greatest good in the long run: but Who would fight our battle? On the whole, I think, we must give way to Cowell on every occasion where he seems acting in concert with the office, always taking care to make him responsible.

Yours ever most truly,

E. G. Wakefield.