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The Founders of Canterbury

Reigate, 26th January, 1849

Reigate, 26th January, 1849.

My Dear Godley,

—Rintoul will send the copies as you desire: and you no doubt will take care that they get into the hands of nobody who will even mention their existence: for it is only fair towards Gladstone to maintain a thorough non-publication of the book till after the Address Debate.

I long to see you before you see the Book in order to explain certain passages relating to Buller and Colonization for Ireland. The story is too long to tell by letter; but the main point of it is, that though I worked with him on a plan of Irish Colonization, it was not till after his conversion to the views set forth in your memorial to J. Russell; and I refused to have anything to do with the bringing forward of a plan now, unless you and your friends were parties to it. So, if he had lived, perhaps the Irish colonization work would have brought you and him together. As it was, he did communicate with Lord Lincoln and Graham, and through Graham with Peel. My stipulation was that if you and your friends were parties to a plan, then I would not put one into the Book, but would work at one for use in Parliament or elsewhere. I refused to have anything to do with planning for the present Government alone. And to all this he agreed. So there is no Irish plan in the Book; and the reason is page 44guardedly stated in an Appendix relating to Buller, but of course without naming you or any of your friends.

Pray get quite well. Do you wear flannel?

All about flannel waistcoats.