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might be made, by which a greater area might be brought into use with the same object in view, viz by settling on small blocks/icy 30 or 40 acres each; some of the best Italian families at present resident on or near the Richmond River -

    During my intercourse with these people on behalf of the Government, with the same purpose of establishing this industry. I found them a thrifty & hard working lot and as some of them are experts in the manipulation of silk, under proper guidance they would be invaluable in the commencement & working of such a scheme as I suggest, & by having them on the land & at the seat of operations, their services would be better controlled. I doubt not that someone of your commercial position & influence to take this matter up, others would follow, & it would

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