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I shall, therefore, without presuming to intrude upon your Lordship's time, by other preliminary observations, proceed to state, as shortly as I am able, the particulars of the promise made my father by the Marquis of Camden, and his reasons for hoping that your Lordship will now consider him entitled to its fulfilment.

During a temporary residence in England, in the year 1804, some specimens of Merino wool raised by him in New South Wales, were accidentally seen by a Committee of Manufacturers of woollen cloth, and in consequence of a Memorial presented by them to Govt. he was directed to attend the Privy Council, before whom he was examined as to the state of his flocks and the probability of their improvement.

Their Lordships were satisfied in these points; and thinking it an object of public importance to encourage in a British Settlement, the growth of fine wool, a regular supply of which was then with difficulty obtained from Spain, they recommended the subject to the attention of Lord Camden, the Secy of State for the Colonies, who was pleased to express much interest in my father's plans, and to direct that he should be allotted Ten Thousand acres at the Cow Pastures; a situation selected from a consideration that he would be there far removed from the settled parts of the Colony, and


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