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The Founders of Canterbury

The Very Rev. the Dean of Carlisle

The Very Rev. the Dean of Carlisle.

Chateau Mabille, Boulogne sur Mer., 26th December, 1848.

My Dear Dr. Hinds,

—In the midst of the bustle of completing the work, to do which in peace I came here in the summer, I have to request that you will do me a favour. In the Appendix to my book, I intend to reprint poor Charles Buller's capital speech of 1843, on Systematic Colonization; and I am very desirous of putting in the same place your Essay, which was appended to the Archbishop of Dublin's first letter to Lord Grey on Secondary Punishments. I feel sure (and so does Rintoul) that the re-publication of your Essay would do good: and I wish it to be read along with my book, because the book consists, in part, of a view of the reasons why your colonizing aspirations are not realised, and of the means by which I fancy that they might be. So I trust you will indulge me.

Having had occasion to say a good deal about religious matters, in connection with colonization, and to mention you by name more than once (indeed I attribute to you the authorship of all the new Colonial Bishoprics since that of New Zealand inclusive, and my own conversion to a belief of the great importance of good religious provision in colonizing), I should of course wish to mention you once more as the author of the Essay.

I have not said a word about your plan for giving order or efficiency to the Episcopacy of the Church of England in the page 37Colonies, but have just alluded to it by saying that you have a plan for that purpose. I trust that you will not be induced to say a word about it at present. For Lord Grey would snap up the idea and spoil it in the execution. A time is coming! So, at least, good judges tell me.

I have lived here in such complete retirement from the world, that I did not know of your move to Carlisle till it was too late to congratulate you upon it; and indeed I have had much doubts whether it is a matter of congratulation. If it is meant to stop there it is not. By the way, I may as well tell you, that I have on good authority that Lord Clarendon told Lord John Russell that if he were Premier he would make you the next Bishop of London. But perhaps you know it.

I shall send you an early copy of my book, which is to be out in all January.