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The Founders of Canterbury

John Hutt, Esq, Reigate, 1st January, 1850

John Hutt, Esq, Reigate, 1st January, 1850.

My Dear Hutt,

—I am in great hopes that Adderley will come here to-morrow evening; and if he should, I trust you will do so likewise.

Your last plan is a real ballot, almost undisguised, which would be instantly detected for such by Lord Grey and every body else. It would do for the purpose, but not so well as a ballot with the best precautions against unfairness by collusion.

I conclude that if the Association should be so unwise as to insist now on the ballot, it will not do so without sending a complete and unanswerable statement of its reasons. But I still think if you do not gain time, you will be killed in a trap that has been set for you.