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The Founders of Canterbury

22nd February

22nd February.

My Dear Wynter,

—I was at Charing Cross to-day.

The report at the Adelphi was very favourable: many colonists of the best order coming forward.

The chief impediment now—the only thing, I believe, that page 220prevents a large success—is the wide-spread notion that this is a Papistical project. I hope to have placed myself in communication with a leader of the calumniating party; and I wish to consult you as to what it will be best to say to him. At Clapham—the main seat of anti-Popery—they have it that John Hutt, who is known to lean their way in theological views, is made Chairman for a blind, being himself a dupe of the Jesuits who really direct at Charing Cross. The seal of the Association is Papistical.

Well, all this, monstrous nonsense as it is, goes about and is believed as truth. Nothing will put it down but the selection of the Bishop.