The Founders of Canterbury
Charles Clifford, Esq., Hawthorne Hill, Maidenhead; 20 Baker Street. — Reigate,7th February, 1850
Reigate,7th February, 1850.
Dear Mr. Clifford,
—If it were possible for me to communicate with you usefully by letter, I would gladly do so; but writing at sufficient length is out of my power. As the case of New Zealand is very urgent, and there is no one here who can so well as yourself represent the colonists who desire a change in their mode of government, I have hoped that you would be able and willing to talk the matter over with me here. I would gladly go to you if I were strong enough.
At present the intention of Government is to make no change as to New Zealand; but if any one person will act with vigour for the colonists, thus early in the session before the House of Commons becomes tired, I have a confident hope that some great change may be brought about this year. There is now a body organized for the purpose of moving Parliament in such cases; but unless that body be moved by some special organ of the Colony, they will only deal in generals, and nothing will be done. My hope has been that you, with such co-operation from me as I can give, would undertake for the colonists, as a business, the task of moving the Colonial Reform Society in their behalf.
Very truly yours,
E. G. Wakefield.