The Founders of Canterbury
Rintoul, Adderley, Molesworth, and FitzGerald passed the day here; when we settled programme of Society for the Reform of Colonial Government, with list of persons to be asked to become members of the Council; also heads of intended Bill for N. S. Wales, to be brought in by Molesworth; also terms of notice of motion to be given on first day of session.
Also corrected and altered a little Godley's letter to Gladstone for Morning Chronicle.
Friday, 21st December, 1849.
John Hutt and W. Lucas, with Lord Grey's letter to W. Cox, insisting that the ballot for priority of choice shall be abandoned. Discussed the whole subject of the position of page 174the Association, about which Hutt and Lucas seemed in despair. Devised a new mode of proceeding; that of gaining time by means of yielding to Lord Grey for the present. Hutt to go to town, and get the company to communicate officially to the Association Lord Grey's letter to Cox. Planned draft of answer to the company. Settled that the Association shall go on, and get together first body of colonists.