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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 31st August, 1850

Reigate, 31st August, 1850.

My Dear Sewell,

—Nothing has been settled about the mode of introducing speeches after the dinner.

Resolutions would be quite out of place.

Toasts would be anomalous, not to say ludicrous, without wine to drink them in, and for most of the party, before dinner.

I see no way of doing it with propriety, but by Lord Lyttelton calling upon So-and-So to address the meeting.

In common circumstances this might be a tame mode, but not so on Monday, when the feelings of those who have any will be all-alive-Oh by means of the occasion of the scene.

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But you may think of a better mode.

Then, who is to be called upon to speak? and in what order?