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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 15th January, 1850

Reigate, 15th January, 1850.

My Dear Rintoul,

—To-morrow will be devoted to finishing up rough work on New Zealand, which has occupied me all to-day.

But I must say a few words about the Society.

Entre nous, I am not, on reflection, so much alarmed about the split. It is not a split yet; only a wide difference which there will be many ways of reconciling, when we can get Molesworth and Walpole into personal contact. The settlement of such a difference by correspondence is impossible; and the attempt only makes the breach wider. Both parties are in the right so far that they may easily agree when they shall thoroughly discuss the question as one of policy. When they do that, I expect that both parties will yield enough for agreement: or rather they will agree by means of Walpole's seeing that his whole plan is impracticable, and of Molesworth's seeing that his whole plan is equally impracticable. They are both in the wrong, and both in the right.

All I desire now, is that nothing shall be done at present to commit either party. Let them meet first.

Meanwhile, there is no earthly reason why FitzGerald should not draw a Bill both ways, or rather, as respects the points in difference, two Bills.

By that means, time will not be our master.