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The Founders of Canterbury

Mr. Adderley's. 7, Gloucester Road, Hyde Park, 4th October, 1849

page 117

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Mr. Adderley's. 7, Gloucester Road, Hyde Park, 4th October, 1849.

My Dear Wakefield,

—Before your letter reached me, I had written to Simeon, and pointed out what a pleasant thing it would be to Godley and agreeable to himself, if he also could go to New Zealand. I have no doubt I shall hear from him again soon, and if he give me an opportunity, I will press the subject still more strongly upon him. I agree with you; an acceptable companion will do almost as much towards restoring Godley to good health as the sea voyage itself.

I met Godley on his way to the New Zealand House this morning. He had heard from Adderley, who, whilst approving most cordially the whole substance of McGeachy's letter and its enclosure, still seems to be taking it quietly. He will come to London, he says, as soon as he can. Godley was, it appeared to me, in low spirits about it. His words to me were, "Adderley has written to Lord Lyttelton. But I see how it is: they will not bake the matter in hand at once, and from want of the needful energy it will fall through." Now should this prove true, it will be very provoking. Time presses: every hour is of consequence to Godley and ourselves. He has gone so far as to enquire about his outfit, and now he thinks he discerns his best friends lukewarm in their own cause.

Do you think on such an occasion, that you could attack Adderley, placing the urgency of immediate action in a strong light, and pointing out that unless all those of our opinion unite in one body as one man the agitation of the question, if it come by a side wind to the ears of Coleridge and his friends, will do more harm than good? Lord Lyttelton should tackle Coleridge. My kind regards to your brother.

Ever yours, sincerely,

John Hutt.