The Founders of Canterbury
The Lord Lyttelton. Reigate, 8th May, 1850
My Dear Lord,
—A question has been raised about taking up a Canterbury ship for the 1st of September. The effect would be very good and great, as a following-up of the important proceedings at St. Martin's Hall, by adding to the reality which was then given to the affair. Mr. Brittan pledges himself to fill a ship of the largest class. But such a ship (and one of the finest in the merchant service, a teak-built Indiaman of 1400 tons, is now open to engagement) might be so engaged as not to bind the Association absolutely. She might be conditionally engaged, but fitted up, and laid open to inspection by the public, as if absolutely engaged.
I am very desirous of going further into this subject with your Lordship.