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The Founders of Canterbury

C. B. Adderley, Esq.Reigate, 15th October, 1849

C. B. Adderley, Esq.Reigate, 15th October, 1849.

My Dear Sir,

—I have been out of condition for writing, but must let you know, that I thought your letter to Lord Grey very good, and therefore forwarded it: also that Godley has been here in good spirits.

Lord Lyttelton seems to have managed his mission very skilfully and effectually.

There are so many appeals from Lord Grey to Lord John Russell, that I cannot guess how one more may be taken; but page 127I feel confident that the making of it will be of service. It ought, I think, to set forth distinctly the main features of the Cape case, and especially the two tricks—first, pretending to consult the colony, and then sending the convicts in spite of their remonstrances; secondl, pretending to send them only picked, reformed, convicts, or mere peasants whom hunger had driven" to commit one crime, and then sending them the soldier convicts (the worst of all) from India, &c. &c.

As there is a prospect of seeing you ere long, when you shall come to town, about God ley and the Canterbury colony, I postpone till then the interesting question of the plan of campaign for next year.