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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 28th March, 1850

Reigate, 28th March, 1850.

My Dear Mr. Simeon,

—Hearing that Hutt has resigned his seat as Chairman, I cannot help writing to urge the page 238importance of persuading Lord Lyttelton to put his name at least in the vacant place.

That done, if your Committee would elect a Deputy Chairman, and meet frequently for business, there would be plenty to do, and it would be done.

I have a very favourable report of the reception of the Association's letter by the Directors to-day, but shall know more about it on Saturday.

P.S.—I venture to express an opinion, that at Norwich and other places the clergy have been too prominent, as compared with the laity; as if the colony were intended to help the Church, instead of the Church being sent out to help and make the colony. It strikes me, therefore, that the chair of the Island meeting should be taken by a layman; if by Sir Richard Simeon, it would be as well as could be.