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at 1/-  I have been much struck here with a fact on w.h I can rely having now seen it, the fine & rapid order into w.h cattle & sheep get after landing & keep so on the herbage w.h I had looked upon as not eatable or  even nutritive - The soil & plants are certainly of a different quality to that I have seen on the Eastern Coast - The latter I never saw there & I think Roe will write & induce Cunningham to come here to botanize - but the latter former tho' a sand stone contains a large quantity of lime [indecipherable] & [indecipherable] by some [indecipherable] with w.h we (learned) are unacquainted - the same formation I find is not infrequent in England & is noticed by Philips & Conyebeare particularly - Now if this be so it then becomes the question or calculation (at w.h I suppose you & your father will laugh) to what extent this herbage will carry. I did estimate at 10 & even 20 acres p sheep & tho' I will not yet alter, these facts I have but recently learnt stagger me - of one thing however I am certain that grains never can be grown to export with advantage & as a large coasting trade has within these few days been commenced on any solid foundations between this & the Cape & Java this article will

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