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The Founders of Canterbury

C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P. Reigate, 8th November, 1849

page 137
C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P. Reigate, 8th November, 1849.

My Dear Sir,

—I have not been well enough to write.

It is chiefly about the distinctions for Godley, that I am so anxious to see you; a topic which I could not mention to him.

After all, I have neglected the main object of this note—which is to suggest that, in addition to the instructions for Godley drawn up by himself (which are very admirable), there should be an introduction designating him as the author of the Canterbury enterprise, and future founder of the colony. This should be done nicely; that is, very complimentarily without extravagance. I think it might properly contain some allusion to his quitting a high social position or high political society (or something of that sort) in order, like some of the most distinguished of our ancestors, to engage personally as a leader in colonization. The respect and affection borne to Godley by his friends should be somehow expressed.