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And besides, to give Merino Sheep every advantage of constitution and size, without injury to the distinguishing peculiarities of the fleece, it is essentially necessary that they should enjoy a large range of Pasture for food and exercise, and be secured by constant & vigilant superintendence, from all hazard  ​​​​​​of intermixture with coarse woolled-flocks.

These objects, my Lord, can only be fully secured by the possession of connected Grants, for if under the necessity of retiring further into the Interior he will not merely be obliged to expend a large Capital in the creation of Houses & Farm Buildings such as are now completed at the Cow Pastures, but he will be compelled to leave his divided Establishments to the care of Strangers, & to the chances of mismanagement.  Some lands in the County of Camden are certainly desirable from their situation & quality, but I am informed that the greater part is only fitted for Grazing Ground and cannot be more usefully employed.

I submit, therefore, to your Lordship that whatever quantity shall be ultimately allotted to my fathers establishment, will be used in the mode for which it is best adapted, and with greater probability


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