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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 23rd December, 1847

Reigate, 23rd December, 1847.

My Dear Godley,

—I have yours of the 20th.

My address henceforth will be, not the N. Z. House, but Warwick Lodge, Reigate.

page 15

My object in communicating with you once more before you leave Ireland, is to suggest that that wretched part of the United Kingdom must contain many good Churchmen who would be glad to co-operate with you, especially as colonists. To me it is obvious, that by degrees, unless there be a vast Roman Catholic colonization according to our last year's view (of which I see no prospect) the Milesian majority will get the upper hand in Ireland, and that the English minority will be, supposing that possible, even more uncomfortable than at present. There must then be hundreds of gentlemen in Ireland to whom this colonial opening would prove a blessing. I do not enlarge on the subject, because to you a word is enough; but just mention it in the hope that you may, whilst on the spot, obtain the zealous co-operation of at least one able person in Dublin: a second self, as far as may be, for Anglo-Ireland. This is very important.