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I next reminded him of his promises but I saw I gained nothing, altho' he overwhelmed me with assurances of friendship and determinative to do every thing in his power to serve me & my Sons.

I concluded by asking, "as 1600 acres to the W. of my boundary are to be reserved, when can I take my land Sir Thomas" -" in any other part of Cawdor you like", but his finger frequently fell upon the 4980 Acres (bad land without water) - This and other circumstances inclined one to suspect that the two allotments to the N. containing one 2040 and the other 2080 Acres had some distinction and altho' is conveniently enough situated, for me yet I thought if I could interrupt the plan it might lead to a compromise. I therefore determined to ask for my land in a direction that would include them both. On the next day I wrote the letter dated 20th Decr No. 2 and the report that reached me of the

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