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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, Saturday Night, 20th July, 1850

Reigate, Saturday Night, 20th July, 1850.

My Dear FitzGerald,

—Here is the notice I mentioned of colonizing Ladies Patronesses; though it would be still worse page 300if Simeon's idea were adopted of announcing them as such in due form. I implore of you to do what you can to prevent it. The notion has probably been suggested by such cases as Almack's and other balls; but even in those cases, nine times out of ten, the object is charity: and in all cases the means is a kind of patronage, such as would degrade the Canterbury colonists. I feel sure that Simeon will perceive this if you draw his attention to it: for at his own house he took special care to avert any appearance of separating colonists from the rest of the company, or, in other words, patronizing them.