The Founders of Canterbury
J. D. Cook, Esq., 123, Pall Mall, London. — Reigate, 15th December, 1849
Reigate, 15th December, 1849.
—Together with a letter of introduction to yourself, which I have had the advantage of obtaining from Mr. Godley, I enclose the manuscript of a public letter from him to Mr. Gladstone, which I understand that you may probably see fit to print in the Morning Chronicle. Mr. Godley's letter page 169has been seen by more than one competent judge of its probable reception by the public; and they are of opinion, as I cannot help being, that it will be read with interest by several classes of politicians, and especially by the whole class of Colonial Reformers. The earnestness of its tone appears to me likely to prove very effective; and there can be no doubt that its doctrines are fast growing into popularity.
Supposing that you might see the expediency of introducing the writer to your readers, I venture to enclose a brief introductory statement, intended to precede the letter, in which I have endeavoured to state facts which ought to be known, without any puffing of our friend.
He specially desires me to request that you will be so good as to send me a proof for correction by myself.
I have the honor to be, &c.
E. G. Wakefield.
In the hope that Mr. Godley's letter my be reprinted from the Chronicle in the next Spectator, with some notice of its contents by the editor, I presume to beg that you will take the trouble to send a slip of the letter in proof to Mr. Rintoul, at the Spectator Office, as your doing so may be an accommodation to him as respects time.