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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 24th September, 1849

Reigate, 24th September, 1849.

My Dear Mr. Baring,

—Mr. Godley has come to town, but is ordered to quit England on account of an affection of the lungs! He is the life and soul of the Canterbury Association. I am moving heaven and earth to induce him to go to New Zealand, rather than Madeira or Naples; for all the Doctors admit that a long sea voyage would probably cure him, and that the climate of New Zealand is most fit to cure him entirely. His going to New Zealand would have excellent effects in promoting the Canterbury settlement. But whether he go there or to Italy, go away somewhere he will: and unless several important questions be settled before he goes, there is an end of the affair. It is now certain, therefore, that the Association and Company will soon meet to confer on these questions. Measures are already taken to bring the chief members of the Association to London. Probably they will be in session some time next week; but I will give you ample notice of the time when your presence in London would be useful.

I hope it is true that our colonizing ally in the Church is to be Bishop of Norwich.

Very truly yours,

E. G. Wakefield.