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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 30th December, 1849

Reigate, 30th December, 1849.

My Dear Bellairs,

—About the force of the call to Mulbarton, I can't offer an opinion; but if you do not go, I would beg of you to come here as soon as may be: for it is clear to me that somebody must instantly prepare a really informing publication about the Canterbury concern: and I know of nobody just now who can do it well except yourself. What it ought to be is a subject for vivá voce discussion. It ought to be set about without a moment's delay.

I am also very desirous that you should be in the way when Adderley and Lord Lyttelton will be in town this week.

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So perhaps I might as well have said at once "Don't go." Hoping to see you to-morrow evening.

Meantime, see the inclosed. It is dreadfully meagre except as to the topography; and though the topography is a very essential part, so are the moral and social considerations which recommend the whole plan of the Canterbury Settlement.