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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 22nd August, 1850

Reigate, 22nd August, 1850.

My Dear Wynter,

—Sewell and I were much disappointed at not finding you in the express train this morning. However, time pressed so that it was needful to go on. Your paper, altered but not materially by Sewell, was assented to by Simeon and Jackson, but not by a quorum (for there was none) of the Ecclesiastical Committee, and was communicated to the colonists as a semi-official document of Mr. Wynter's composition, which doubtless would be formally adopted by the Association with no material alteration. It was mightily well received by, and made a strong impression on, the best meeting of colonists we have ever had, the rooms being full to overflowing. The whole proceedings were most gratifying, and I felt quite sorry that you were not present. Most of the best colonists and their relations were there. Sewell, Simeon, and Jackson made capital speeches; and Rintoul described the scene as being most remarkable and interesting.

A ship is getting ready to take Jackson (and probably Lord Mandeville and his brother) from Portsmouth on the 15th September.

Now you must fulfil the promises of this minute by doing the legislation.