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The Founders of Canterbury

John Hutt, Esq. Reigate, 25th November, 1849

John Hutt, Esq. Reigate, 25th November, 1849.

My Dear Hutt,

—For reasons into which it is impossible to enter here, I am much inclined to suspect that the purpose is entertained by some who ought to know better, of delaying the final arrangements between the Company and the Association till it shall be "too late." In that case, the Company would expire, and the fine Southern Plains would fall to the handling of the Park Street Commission, or perhaps of a separate Commission, which might comprise some of the present Directors. This is only a suspicion of mine, founded on circumstantial evidence; but I cannot get it out of my head; and I would urgently press on you the necessity of having all questions settled finally, in black and white, next Thursday and Friday, when Baring will be in Broad Street Buildings. My suspicion is so strong as to amount in my own mind to conviction: and I believe that whether the obstacles may come from the Directors or from the Office' page 150they will have been concerted. Perhaps they may be afraid (for my suspicion has been avowed to some); but, at all events, you can only bring the question to the test, by insisting on immediate and final settlement.

All this is entre nous.

Pray get your brother to retire immediately, so as to make room for Mr. Wynne. It ia of the greatest importance. Their delays and excuses about electing you and Wynne, are part of the evidence on which my suspicion is founded. Baring will not allow such villainy; but he will not be here after this week. I have told him of my suspicion.

Send this to your brother if you please.