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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 7th September, 1850

Reigate, 7th September, 1850.

Dear Parker,

—I can think of nobody peculiarly fit to write an article on Canterbury Settlement for Frazer. For it is not mere writing you want, I suppose.

The way to instruct a capable writer, who is also a thinker, page 325is to tell him to digest the six Canterbury Papers, with, the additions of Godley's Journal and the Report of the sailing of the squadron.

I am told that Dr. Jeune of Oxford could do it well. The work requires a bettermost hand, to make it both sensible and interesting.

Any one who would take the trouble to pass two or three days at the Colonists' Rooms after reading the Canterbury Papers, would be in a condition to write something good and creditable.