The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 8th September, 1849
My Dear Mr. Baring,
—I write according to promise, to let you know that Mr. John Hutt has been to me here; that Mr. Godley is expected in London on Monday, to resume work in the Canterbury Association; and that probably, by the week after next, some proposal will be made by the Committee of the Association for a conference with the Directors of the Company on the subject of government for New Zealand.
But I will not fail to give you notice of any actual proceeding.
The more I reflect on what has passed with Lord Grey in connection with this subject, the more do I incline to the opinion that an effort by yourself individually, of which nobody else would be cognizant, is more likely to have weight with him, than a joint representation by Association and Company, to which he would not yield without the fact of his yielding being known.