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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 16th January, 1850

Reigate, 16th January, 1850.

My Dear Rintoul,

—Here is as much as I have strength to finish to-day. The rest, consisting of one more point, and a conclusion, is in the rough, and will be sent by to-morrow's early post, if I have a good night; if not, certainly to-morrow night.

The old Bear tells Molesworth seriously, that if the Colonial Reformers out-voted the Goverment, there would certainly be a Stanley Ministry and a dissolution. Cannot you manage to spread a knowledge of this threat beyond the clubs and the page 201conteries? Being confined to those circles it works against us; being spread abroad it would help us. Of course it should be treated as a mere threat. Or if it be a reality, then the Government is to be broken up, and the country disturbed uselessly in order to keep Lord Grey in office. Let him go, and then the Government and the Colonial Reformers may easily agree.