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The Founders of Canterbury

C. M., Boulogne sur Mer., 24th December, 1848

C. M., Boulogne sur Mer., 24th December, 1848.

My Dear Aglionby,

—I am sure you will be glad to learn that the greater part of "the Book" is gone to the printer, and that the whole will be in his hands next week. I never could have finished if I had remained in England. I am in great hopes that its publication will have a good effect on opinions respecting colonization generally, besides enabling us to get the affairs of New Zealand and the Company into tolerable order. But as soon as it shall be out, I must at all events tender my resignation of the office of a Director of the Company: for the book will make Lord Grey more savage against me than ever; and I could not help expressing (in general terms) my opinion of the footing on which the Company is placed by the Arrangement with him. Perhaps I ought to have retired long ago: but I did not like to seem a deserter from colleagues in a mess.

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Whereabouts is "Her Majesty's Commissioner"? I am in a state of profound ignorance about everything but the contents of the Book.

I have got got such a dog! a very high-bred Highland deer-hound, the sight of which will make your eyes water, though it is only seven months old.