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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 2nd January, 1850

Reigate, 2nd January, 1850.

My Dear Rintoul,

—Captain Bellairs tells me that at his club (the Army and Navy) FitzGerald's article copied into the Times was much talked off, with expressions of wonder at the coalition of adverse party men, and of a general opinion that colonial matters are in a very serious state, and that "something must be done." He is a careful observer.

I have not seen Adderley's article in the Magazine, but wish it might suit you for the Spectator. Where it is, it will remain buried unless dug out by somebody.

If Falconer should not come to about the Bill, we must find another workman and soon. FitzGerald has a brother from whom I have seen a clever letter on the subject; and I page 188have begged our FitzGerald to see you on the subject of the Bill on Saturday afternoon. His brother is a barrister, and evidently clever.