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The Founders of Canterbury

Memorandum for Mr. Hutt, not given to him

Memorandum for Mr. Hutt, not given to him.

28th February.

The Committee, or rather its members individually, could easily find out a clergyman or two, or more, in every county, who, if he only knew about the Canterbury settlement, would take a lively interest in it, and would be able to excite curiosity with respect to it in his neighbourhood. There are hundreds of such clergymen in England—men of religious zeal, combined with judgment and weight of influence arising from character for intelligence and goodness. Suppose the names of a hundred such men to be got, being persons resident in various parts of England, Wales, and Scotland, but especially England. Then a letter should be written to each of them—not a printed circular, but a sort of confidential letter, signed by the Chairman—enclosing Canterbury Papers page 223Nos. 1 and 2, and Wynter's Tract; and asking the gentlemen addressed to help the Association, by making known its objects and plan to persons of the best order as respects character, for whom he should deem colonization in person a suitable career; and more especially respectable heads of families of the gentry class, having an income small in proportion to their large number of children; people whose means are inadequate here, but would there be sufficient, not merely for living at ease, but for establishing children in comfort, and for founding a family in the colony.

I am sure that this would have a great effect, if trouble were taken to find out the best men to address.