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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 13th July, 1849

Reigate, 13th July, 1849.

My Dear Godley,

—The Colonel is rather Scotch: a good settler, I dare say, but not a good leader: wanting in public page 94spirit, too full of that spirit of individual and family aggrandizement, which makes a good settler. I should think him a very good individual colonist, and probably a very bad leader. This doctrine is a good rule. Your leader ought to be one of that class of men who, with a holy horror of being in debt, yet have no turn for money-making, or making themselves comfortable: men, who are either moved by a potent sense of duty, or whose delight is in the happiness and approval of others. A man combining both motives, would be your man. I say all this, because it strikes me that Colonel Campbell is fishing for the leadership.

Adderley's move seems to be in a mess for want of preparation and concert.