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is still very weak, I am glad to be able to say that she is a little better.  We therefore hope in her ultimate recovery.  I had no particular business in Sydney, but I have a desire to pay you a visit, and more especially as you are such an invalid.  It is however very difficult for me to get away even for a fortnight, as the management of my stations take up most of my time.  Mentally I have too much to do, and I am now trying to sell my stations.  I think the amended land Act will induce a greater inroad of Selectors into runs:  and after Stations have been watered by wells tanks &c. and fenced in, it is most dissagreeable to have them spoiled by selectors.  I will give you an instance.  A fortnight ago a German, with two sons and a daughter selected 640 acres each on a small run of mine of about 14000 acres, their selections embraced 2560 acres, and if they were allowed their grazing rights 

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