The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 6th July, 1849
My Dear Rintoul,
—I have sent to Molesworth, besides my letter to the colonists, some other letters, especially one from me to John Abel Smith, which show the present state of the New Zealand case. It is the case of Fitzroy and Stanley over again, with the one difference, that Fitzroy was a jackass, and Grovernor Grey a clever self-seeker. Ask Molesworth to show you the letters.
This case ought to be brought before the House. New Zealand is now the only colony of which Hawes dares to boast. The truth as to New Zealand being told, he could not deny that our whole colonial empire is in a fever. That is Molesworth's position; and he would completely establish it by showing up the New Zealand case. Of this case, Molesworth is complete master; and nobody else in the House is, except some N. Z. Directors, who would say anything to cover Downing-street. I had an idea, when I wrote to Molesworth, of the Stafford amendment, about which I have a letter from Adderley this morning. The object seems to be to get votes on page 90the Protectionist side: and the policy is good; but Stafford cannot do the work well. Very well, nobody but Molesworth can do it: and I suppose him so we disposed to co-operate for giving effect to a general move, as not to stand upon etiquette with Stafford about who is to move the amendment. Indeed, his position is above that sort of care. If he will back Stafford as Gladstone backed him, he will do a great service to the cause; and the more because the backing of Stafford will really be the all in all. I hope you will see Molesworth and talk about it.
I have accepted Adderley's invitation to the dinner on the 18th, but shall probably be unable to go. I wish they would invite Bailey of the Times. I write to Adderley at the Isle of Wight, suggesting that, and saying that perhaps you could manage it. You could, through Parker. I have also suggested to Adderley to send cards of invitation to editors of newspapers. If they don't go, they give the cards to reporters, who dine as guests, and report all the better for that. Have they thought of inviting John Walter, who voted with Molesworth? Molesworth, who, Adderley tells me, is to be in the chair, might ask him. Carlyle is truly a colonial reformer. John Mill? Grote? Adderley has sent me fifty copies of his resolutions. I could usefully dispose of many more in the colonies, where they will make the most impression.
It would be good if Molesworth printed his speech. It is very good. They ought to publish the Debate of the 16th in a book, as we did in 1845 with New Zealand.