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Parramatta 12th Febr 1823


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 11th Inst, informing me that his Excellency the Governor is ready to cause the Surveyor General to measure for me, five thousand acres of Land, as direct by Lord Bathurst to the westward of the Grants held by my two Sons and to the Southward of the Grant I received in payment for a flock of Rams. - As the whole of the Land which his Excellency the Governor proposes to grant, is without water - is exceedingly mountainous, & dangerously precipitous - no part of it of good quality & a great portion of the tract rocky & barren in so much, that it would be of little value to me & of less to any other person.

I will respectfully beg to decline accepting His Excellency Sir Thomas  Brisbane's offer nor will again trouble him until a further explanation shall have made to the Earl Bathurst.

I have the honor to be
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(Signed) John Macarthur

F. Goulburn Esqr
Coln Secretary


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