The Founders of Canterbury
Stoke, Suffolk, 6th January, 1848
My Dear Godley,
—Your letter of the 2nd followed me hither.
I am going to London to-morrow to be present at the ballot for your election; and thence to Redhill.
I shall reserve the beginning of next week for our meeting exclusively. Be so good, as far as you can, to let me know beforehand when to expect you, and fix the time most convenient for yourself, as I shall avoid all engagements. I hope you understand that I shall have some mutton and a bed at your service if you can put up with my homely fare.
There appears reason to hope that even this torpid part of the country may furnish you some recruits. I shall be sanguine as to the result if you can but come out well, and quite agree with you that this is especially a case in which all will depend on taking the first public step in a telling way.