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The Founders of Canterbury

Wednesday, 17th April

Wednesday, 17th April.

My Dear FitzGerald,

—I took for granted you would take for granted that Brittan and I, with ———'s sanction, had settled the right thing for a Notification. If we had consulted you, who had already undertaken more than you could possibly get through, the Paper would not have been done in time. There must be a division of employments. The most urgent and important thing was the Notification: if Brittan and I (who are intimately acquainted with the Terms of Purchase and the feelings of the colonists) had called you (who are not) to help, it would have taken a long time to explain for your information; you, with your hands already full, would have neglected something else; and the important object would have been defeated after all. As it was, we had but just time to be ready for Lord Lyttelton.

I have not time or strength for further apology.

I never heard of a more flighty proceeding than for Hutt to take you to Harington to confer about shipping. If you go as private people, well: but if as members of the Committee, there is no doing business in this way.

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There are things to be done of the greatest urgency, of which I shall bring a list to Charing Cross.

But really you must trust to me in these matters, not requiring me to write beforehand with long explanations. I am old and experienced, you young and quite without experience in such things: and besides, I have not an atom of strength to spend on anything but essentials. It will be difficult enough to get the thing done, but it may be if I am let alone, and cheerfully helped as much as possible. You must not lecture me. After the 30th of June, you may manage yourself; and I will ask no questions.

Here's a waste of strength—writing all this.