The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 23rd October, 1850
My Dear Sewell,
—Here is the statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury, that the Training School at Battersea was not to be preserved.
The fact, whilst it shows that Mr. J. ought to have prized the Canterbury berth as a most fortunate accident, and therefore aggregates his folly in so soon risking the lass of it, is so far comfortable as it relieves one of the fear that he was induced to give up a good berth for that which he cannot hold.
The question whether he destroyed the Battersea berth by financial mismanagement is only interesting as, if it were resolved in the affirmative, E. H. must assist in the only step by which Canterbury colony can be saved from destruction in the same way. That question is well worth prompt and careful enquiry.
By the way, how do yon reconcile this statement of the Archbishop's with Mr. J.'s assurance that he "gave up" a thousand, a-year to accept the Lyttelton. Bishopric?