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I will be independent enough, and it is a great satisfaction to me to be able to provide for my children and grandchildren which together muster 27, besides many other relatives.

Your account of the floods in the Nepean is distressing.  It will compel the abandonment of cultivation on the alluvial flats all along the river;  but it may also enhance the grazing capabilities of the land.  I have no doubt but the cause of the floods from less rain arises greatly from the clearing of the land as you point out;  but it is also owing to the hardening of the pasture lands from the treading of the flock, which prevents the ground absorbing the rain, as it did in early times when it was more porous, and as these causes are increasing, their effect will be to increase the floods.  People should take warning from the dreadful


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