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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 8th September, 1849

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.