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The Founders of Canterbury

C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P. Reigate, 4th December, 1849

C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P. Reigate, 4th December, 1849.

My Dear Sir,

—After much reflection and scribbling, I have compressed the matter into the small compass enclosed. I found that every attempt to deal with particulars led to what would produce endless controversy from differences of opinion. It becomes clear to me, and Rintoul's judgement, I am happy to find, entirely concurs after deliberation, that the true policy is to stick to generals very distinctly enunciated: and this I have endeavoured to do. Particulars will come in due time. Those who will not agree to the enclosed, would not agree to it though sheets of detail and particular were added.

It contains, I firmly believe (and here again Rintoul agrees), the principles which England must adopt, and soon, or lose her dependencies which are true colonies.

You must not expect many to agree at first. If enough do for putting out the names of the Council of Twelve, then hundreds will come in.

This statement of principles and objects is intended to be so distinct and unmistakeable as not to require alterations and addition for those who really approve of the principles and objects: and nothing, I think, is ever gained by endeavouring to conciliate people w..o either do not understand, or, understanding, do not agree: it is a fruitless sacrifice of truth and loss of power.

I think the colonies would take offence if agents, purporting to represent them, were chosen by the Society. All their part of the organized co-operation, they will do themselves; and the better for being left to do it wholly themselves.

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The name which I suggest for consideration appears to be less vulgar, and less offensive to Conservatism, than that of Colonial Reform Society: it also better expresses the true object of the Society.

I imagine that you will not finally print without a meeting in London, when I could have the advantage of conferring with you.

It is a grand point for your success to get before the public whilst the Government is still in deliberation (that is, before Christmas) about their policy for the coming session.