The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 23rd January, 1850
My Dear Molesworth,
—The crisis of colonial matters next week will be so very important, and I so much long to be on the spot, that I have commanded myself to accept your invitation, and resolved to be with you on Saturday. If serious illness should come on, I must run away. I shall have to live in my own room, and abstain from all business except in quiet with you-of a morning.
You won't get a meeting to suit you on Sunday; but you may on Monday.
There will be plenty of time. I am satisfied now, that one or more Bills may be very well drawn in time. This being secured, the grand point now is discussion of the principles. The Bill that you are to bring in will be drawn complete in less than 48 hours after the questions still pending shall be settled.
At all events, I think you ought to prepare for speaking out, and thoroughly explaining your own principles.
But expecting to see you so soon, and being sure that now there is no pressure for time, I will stop.