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The Founders of Canterbury

[Letter to C. B. Adderley]

C. B. Adderley, Esq. Reigate, 19th March, 1850.

My Dear Sir,

—The enclosed is all suggestive and attractive according to my understanding of your purpose. It is not necessary that all the subscribers should be "eldest sons"; but it is well to call them so for the suggestiveness of the expression.

I think it indispensable that some such name as Mr. Cocks's should appear. Otherwise the very people whom you invite would be afraid to come forward: they might think it a hoax or a silliness.

Yours very truly,

E. G. Wakefield.

P.S.—It is so worded that it might appear at once; and the coming forward of a very good man might greatly help to complete the subscription. It will have a very good effect on Canterbury generally.

To Younger Sons of the Highest Families.

It is the intention of several gentlemen to purchase at Canterbury, in New Zealand, an estate of sufficient magnitude for founding a colonial family of the first importance as regards property in land. Being persons of condition in this country, but, as eldest sons, not intending to emigrate, they are desirous of meeting with a gentleman of their own station and ideas, to whose honour they should be satisfied in trusting the management of the property under arrangements which would enable him to acquire it for himself by means of his exertions in augmenting its value. Personal communication may be held with the advertisers by addressing T. Somers Cocks, Esq., Messrs. Cocks, Biddulph & Co., Charing Cross.