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The Founders of Canterbury

The Lord Lyttelton.Reigate, Tuesday morning, 16th April

The Lord Lyttelton.Reigate, Tuesday morning, 16th April.

My Dear Lord,

—I had a line from Mr. Gell, expressing his wish to see me again; but have not kept it. And I now page 261resolve to send my brother to him (in whose judgment and word he has confidence), to express his (my brother's) firm persuasion that a large extent of land will be sold. With respect to the appointment, I, of course, shall hold no more communication with him.

I will mention one point now, on which I intended to dwell in conversation. It is that the Bishop's way in the colony would be smoothed, and his power maximized, if he should obtain the respect and regard of the leading colonists before being chosen for them by another body. In Mr. Wynter's case (and in Mr. Maddock's through faith in Wynter) this was done. The announcement of a total stranger as having been selected would startle them, and rouse the Englishman's blood.