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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 10th October, 1849

Reigate, 10th October, 1849.

My Dear Godley,

—I wish we had thought before of what follows: but possibly it may not be too late now.

It is certain that Dr. Selwyn would have greatly liked to have the Canterbury settlement in the North Island. The Howridi is his favourite spot. Why should not his friends here get up a colony or settlement for that spot, or any other preferred by Selwyn? With the ability and energy of such men as Coleridge, it could be easily done. The plan is ready made. It would extend the Church. It would (in the Church sense) Anglify the whole Wellington settlement. It would be very gratifying to Selwyn. It is at least worth mentioning to Lord Lyttelton.