The Founders of Canterbury
My Dear Godley,
—My sole reason in going to Wynter was the pressure for time. Time has got us into a corner, and leaves us no room for being nice. It was needful to be sure that he would accept of the offer come. It was also needful to learn who his friends are, that would be disposed to take our view of his fitness. I think him not less, but more fit, for having thought of going as a clergyman. It tallies with his own modest estimate of his fitness, which I believe to be sincere; and above all, it proves the existence of that colonizing spirit, which, after sound doctrine and religious earnestness, is the first qualification. We want to have the Bishop settled before you quit London; and we want a colonizing Bishop, who will work with us—with you at a distance, with me here. What can we do but go right a-head, and get Wynter to be settled as the man, if possible? It is time which forces me to decide and act.
My letter to Adderley of last night anticipated yours just received, by urging him, as much as I decently could, to come at once. I have written to Baring, requesting him to hold himself ready to come on short notice. page 108Of course, I impressed on Wynter that I am nobody; and that all I say is mere speculative talk: the same to Lyall.
I expect that Felix's Report is with Captain Dawson, whose critical view of it he desired to have before it was printed.