The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 7th October, 1849
My Dear Godley,
—I am truly glad that you have so written to Adderley and Lord Lyttelton.
By to-morrow's early post (it is useless to write sooner) I shall write to Adderley, pointing out more clearly than you may have chosen to do, that they have left you in the lurch.
I hope you won't agree to any make-shift, such as Adderley now proposes, for going to Italy and keeping up New Zealand or any other political relations in England. It is just the thing you ought not to do with a view to your recovery—which is the main point. Either New Zealand at once, properly and pleasantly; or else, cut politics, and England, and everything that could in the least interfere with the rest which is needful for recovery. The proposal of this mezzo termine seems to me childish, not to say cruel. It would save them trouble: that is all: and so, though not so roughly, I shall say to Adderley.