Volume 66: Macarthur family correspondence relating to land, 1819-1881: No. 200

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the poor man meant round the buildings) and an equal area from Hassalls crossing place to West Camden making about three miles on the River - and in fact so cutting up the Estate that it would not be worth accepting as a gift.

Without entering into any discussion respecting the scandalous evasion of the Governor's unsolicited offer of all the Lands I sought only to gain time - If my first question had been answered I should not have been much puzzled to find other causes of doubt, but what I most relied upon, was Mr Secretary's fear of giving any written explanation respecting the currency I have since been told I had judged correctly - be that as it may no answer was given and on the 17th Inst the "Sir Godfrey Webster" arrived with your welcome letters. The next day James waited on the Govr to present him the act of Parliament and to discover if possible whether Lord Bathurst's dispatch had also arrived. Sir Thos had "No dispatches - No letters - had we any? - Yes we have very satisfactory ones Sir Thomas - The affair of the Land is settled and my father desires to convince you of the moderation with which we have acted has sent you a copy of my Brothers letter to Lord Bathurst" - he was again exceedingly thankful - On Tuesday James went to Sydney and saw his Excellency once more - "Oh. Mr Macarthur I am glad to see you here is your brother's letter

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