The Founders of Canterbury
C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P. Reigate, 7th December, 1849
My Dear Sir,
—A press of business compels me to write briefly.
If Molesworth's letter to me has been forwarded to you, I hope you may think of meeting him here on the 15th. His adhesion to the Colonial Government Society will involve Cobden and the free Traders: and I think that Molesworth would like to see the paper before it is printed. There are some points in it, too, which require alteration, but which I would not alter without consulting you: such as, for example, under condition of punishment"; whereas most of the convicts are "exiles" not under condition of punishment.
I am also persuaded that, on further examination, you will see a great and real danger in naming agents, though but temporarily, for any colony. It would make most of the colonies quite savage, as it would you if you were a colonist.
Upon the whole, therefore, I have made bold to ask Baring to send the papers back to me, and not to the printer's. Pray tell me what I shall do with it. My own wish is to keep it till next Saturday, and then to have it finally settled in consultation with Rintoul and Molesworth. If we have their sanction and Baring's, in addition to our own approval that will be enough: and then I would print it finally, only with a blank for the names of the Council. It may be out, with the Council's names, before Christmas.
Trusting you will approve or pardon the liberty I have taken,
Yours very truly,
E. G. Wakefield.