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The Founders of Canterbury

The Very Reverend the Dean of Carlisle, Carlisle

The Very Reverend the Dean of Carlisle, Carlisle.

Reigate, 26th September, 1849.

Mr dear Dr. Hinds,

—Your letter has taken me off the tenter hooks of anxiety. After the great disappointment two years ago, I would not indulge in the belief that the newspaper report would prove true: and yet I did hope: and then I feared: so that your letter really proved a relief from really painful suspense. I said to a friend of ours to-day, that it is the only very pleasant piece of news I have received for years. page 109For this at any rate, Lord John is, as the schoolboys say, "a trump." For once, I am in very good humour with him. As I could only go on repeating expressions of satisfaction, I will only add that your kindness in writing to me has not been wasted.