The Founders of Canterbury
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.