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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 3rd April, 1850

Reigate, 3rd April, 1850.

My Dear Rintoul,

—I have not heart to go into the coming Amendments: nor would you have room for it. The sort of stuff which I enclose is more likely to be read if it were solid, and may thus help to promote some useful discussion. Beyond discussion we shall not get this year: nor any other year, I believe, till the colonies take the matter into their own hands. That will be promoted by the enclosed.

It would be well if Gladstone said his say to you, before mine shall be said to him or Sir W. James. He must have something to say; and it might prove a guide.

Proof by return of post, as I go to Town on Friday, but shall have time here for correcting.

Ever yours,

E. G. Wakefield.

page 246

P.S.—I enclose your last cover, with the seal exactly as it came to my hands. Having once known something about opening letters, I believe that this one was opened intentionally by somebody. It contained your information about meeting Gladstone at Sir W. James's.