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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 3rd August, 1850

Reigate, 3rd August, 1850.

My Dear Sewell,

—I inclose a letter from FitzGerald, with copy of my answer—for your private inspection. They relate to a danger which has been foreseen, and can now he averted only by prompt and vigorous measures. Felix will go to work, and will probably be able to get through successfully, if there is no delay: but he is, naturally, unwilling to act without being protected by some official direction to act. It is an object, therefore, that the subject should at once come before your committee, and some decision be made. All this mischief might have been averted by common business-like attention in time. Felix will ask FitzGerald to obtain for him an official authority to act; and thus, I suppose, the matter will be brought to your notice without reference to this.

I had a long talk with Wynter. It ended by his engaging seriously to work in the Ecclesiastical Committee for some time to come—some months, he said. But on Thursday he is engaged (as chaplain to the High Sheriff) to dine with the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey near Guildford. He will come to town from Guildford on purpose.

He is very much in earnest; and I am sure you will find him work smoothly with yourself and the Bishop of Norwich, whom he resembles in sense and courage.

I shall want FitzGerald's letter.

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I have made enquiries about this want of emigrants and have little doubt that it has arisen from want of good management in the Association. When shall we meet?