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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 25th February, 1850

page 221
Reigate, 25th February, 1850.

My Dear Hutt,

—FitzGerald wrote to me very earnestly about the post of Leader of the First Body, &c. In answer, I begged him to come and see me. He is coming to-morrow. I shall tell him that in my opinion, which is Godley's (for we talked about FitzGerald's wish to have some office of mark in the affair), he wants some of the essential qualifications. The main objection is, that he has not position enough in this country. He is a younger brother without property and looking for a provision, He has uncommon abilities, is a very good fellow,. and I like him very much. But if I gave way to a strong liking for him it would be jobbing for a friend. Instead of that I have been diligently trying to find a stranger that would do instead of the Bellairs family—for I regard them as one. FitzGerald is unfit, according to my view, to be a substitute for them; as I shall tell him plainly to-morrow. And moreover I hope to hear to-morrow that the Bellairs obstacles are completely at an end.