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this topic: being well aware that your Excellency has always considered the increase, purity, & progressive improvement of my flocks, objects of good public importance; and has been long of opinion that the vigilant superintendence of my sons, (which has been rendered much more difficult from the situation of the estates of other Gentlemen) and the interposition of fences against the trespasses & contamination of adjoining diseased & unimproved sheep, will be the best security against a recurrence of evils, that have more than once alarmed us for the safety of the whole establishment.

The Grants of 1150 acres each, given to my sons James & William by our Excellencys predecessor; and a considerable portion of the upper part of Brisbane, are from their want of water & difficulty of access, nearly useless except during a very small portion of the year. I would therefore beg permission to resign those three Grants which with the 5000 acres, ordered by Lord Bathurst, make a total of 11868 acres.

By a reference to the accompanying chart

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