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The Founders of Canterbury

Redhill, Reigate, 29th December, 1847 (Wed. night)

Redhill, Reigate, 29th December, 1847 (Wed. night).

Dear J. A. Smith,

—I have a letter from Cowell, which shows me that he has no idea of the state of mind amongst the Directors generally. He thinks that Aglionby and Young only are angry. It is a grand mistake, though they alone have spoken out. I write by this post to tell him the truth and to urge him (as far as I can decently) to meet me on Friday by 11 o'clock. I fear he will not come, which only makes me the more anxious to see you. If there is no way of settling the Beit question except by the Company's submitting to Cowell's Report, it is all up with us. They never will; or if the majority should, eight or ten will at once retire.

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I am telling you what you ought to know. Remember that I have had no more to do with this desperate quarrel than any total stranger to the Company: and that it stops me wholly in the Church matter, on which I have now set my heart. My part is that of peace-maker. Will nobody help me?