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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 23rd August, 1850

Reigate, 23rd August, 1850.

Dear Sewell,

—Seeing how deeply you are occupied, 1 am tempted to urge the need of settling the FitzGerald-Bowler business to-morrow, and not later. For on Monday morning the whole Emigration business ought to be taken in hand with a view no less to filling the 17th September ship in time, then to putting the people comfortably into the four ships. It is all one business, and would all go on together if properly guided. The happiest thing for FitzGerald, whose time is nearly up, would be to take his wife out of town. If he is on the spot, he will be mortified, or will meddle and spoil all: and it would be mortifying to him to see the work going on in other hands.

Did he not seem to like the idea of having leave of absence? That would be best for every body.