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The Founders of Canterbury

John Abel Smith, Esq., M.P

John Abel Smith, Esq., M.P.

I cannot go to bed without asking you to forgive what you took, but what on my honor was not meant, as an offensive expression towards you. How often have I said more and worse than that of the Board, and you have heard me without the slightest offence, because you knew that I did not include you in the offensive expression? Neither to-day, nor ever before, have I to your face or behind your back uttered a word, because I have never had a thought, injurious to you. I hope you were angry to-day from some other cause: but if not, let me remove the supposed cause by solemnly assuring you that I was thinking of others when I spoke of "taking advantage, &c." I was jaded and ill, and all the more so because I had just before declared that if the guarantee were not given after having been entertained against my opinion, I should feel bound to go altogether with the Company in inisting upon it according to the terms of your slip of paper, and in colonizing Canterbury if the Association failed on the 30th April. But how much soever hurt at the partial rejection of my day's work by the Board, I never meant a word nor had a thought of offence to you, whom, even if you treated me ill, I must always regard with gratitude and affection. All this so help me God.

Ever yours,

E. G. Wakefield.