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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 24th December, 1847

Reigate, 24th December, 1847.

My Dear Godley,

—One word more, which I hope may be of use before you quit Ireland.

As it strikes me, the sort of person whom you would find the most valuable co-operator in Ireland, is one who should be disposed to emigrate, leading out a body of Church people along with, and as a part of the Church Colony. I can briefly describe the qualities which he ought to possess, by saying that the more he is like yourself, the better. The object he would have in view, is suitable to the ambition of a gentleman possessing the higher order of ability for dealing with things and men. Such a person might collect fifty or a hundred gentlemen, heads of families or younger brothers unmarried, to whom, in the present state of Ireland, this colony would be a City of Refuge. He should come to England, in order to learn all about it. His expenses, at least, should be paid; and I think it would be politic and not difficult to remunerate his services as well.

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It is a case in which all would depend on personal qualities. Think over your acquaintance in Dublin. Dr. Hinds, whom I wish that you might see, may perhaps know of somebody. He is a capital judge of character.

I trust that nothing may prevent you from being in London by the 10th; for preliminary work will engage all our time till your friends shall assemble for the meeting of Parliament.

I have a strong wish to write to Lord Lincoln, for the purpose of calling his attention to the coming debate on New Zealand affairs. My object would be to make him far better acquainted with the subject than any other member of the House of Commons. And I should begin by requesting him to read, before seeing me, certain Parliamentary papers. I am sure I could put him in the way of making a striking and most valuable speech. But I cannot venture to address him without knowing that he would not think me impertinent in doing so. If you think fit to write to him about it, pray observe that my own decided views or partizanship do not blind me to the necessity in which he is placed of doing nothing at variance with what may be termed the good policy of one holding his place in public life.