not as "Conargo block A" after forfeiture. Whatever the final result may be, it will be a source of satisfaction that both you, Sir Wm. Manning and Mr. Johnson concur with my own views, which I may say are as strong as ever.
Considering that after a three days trial, the Jury were (11 out of 12) decidedly in my favor, and that my Council advise taking the opinion of Sir H. Cairns, I think it will be cruel on the part of the Govt. to put up the runs before
until after I get that opinion; besides should the appeal be in my favor, which I think it will be, it would be very awkward embarrassing should the runs in the meanwhile fall into the hands of a third party. I think the Govt. would be in a dilemma then. The probability is that if the runs are put up that another party will