The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 7th August, 1850
My Dear Sewell,
—For your private information—a letter has come to the Company from the Colonial Office, saying that as the Company has not replied to the last letter of the Office, it is taken for granted that the correspondence is at an end; and that, as a ship was going, the Secretary of State has written to Governor Grey desiring him to take possession, &c., &c. This despatch is gone.
Mr. Knowles (of the New Zealand Company) will go to you to-morrow to be engaged. Please tell him (if you see fit) to place himself at the disposal of Mr. Felix Wakefield at the Colonists' Rooms.
After consultation with Wynter and others, I find that it will be difficult to get any paying emigrants here; but that at last some very good ones, and a good many too, may be got if needful, by taking them free. The whole class is described as being penniless and in debt; and there is not time to get up subscription in aid.