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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 13th January, 1850

Reigate, 13th January, 1850.

My Dear Molesworth,

Of course, there is already difference of opinion in the Colonial Council. The objections I hear of, relate to the proposed constituent powers. The novelty startles and alarms. Never mind: they will get up to our mark in time, as we got up to it, by finding out that unless England promptly satisfies the colonies, they will satisfy themselves. But I hear of no opinions likely to stand in the way of your carrying a measure that we should have jumped at last year. For a capital good Bill, such as would be illuminated for in the colonies, and as would ensure all we desire as soon as needs be, I think that the Council will be unanimous. If so, the Government must give way.

Pray give me notice of your coming to England. I long page 197much to see you, not Laving strength to write on all the questions that have been raised.

Downing Street, I hear, relies on inevitable disagreement in the Council. Let us hope that Roebuck may not realize their prayer.