The Founders of Canterbury
Reigate, 21st June, 1849
My Dear Godley,
—It is simply impossible that the Resolutions should be done sooner than to be in town on Monday morning.
So much time is required to say the needful within reasonable compass. I could send most of them now, but not in a state fit for the intended use. Compression—hard ut careful squeezing—is indispensable. So there's no help for it. Surely, the Second Reading of the Bill on Monday can be prevented, by insisting on time to allow for petitions on the subject from colonists in England, and for Adderley's Resolutions which he might engage to present on that day. There has not been notice enough of the day. At the worst, if the page 70Government should force on the Bill in a way to prevent a full discussion, they can be stopped by motions of adjournment which their conduct would justify. The Resolutions, besides laying down our principles—the faith, as you called it —will tear the particular Bill to pieces; and we must get time to allow them to operate before the debate. At any rate, I feel pretty confident that they will provoke a most useful debate; but to that end, people must have time to prepare—I mean such members as Gladstone, Roebuck (against), Molesworth (for), Stafford (against the Bill), and Adderley himself. If we could have an out-and-out good debate, it ought to be published as a Book, like that on N. Zealand in 1845; and that such a Book would be published ought to be known beforehand by such members as we wished to speak fully, because the knowledge would induce them to prepare carefully, as it did in the New Zealand case.
But I must go back to my work.