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Parramatta 29th January 1823


After the most serious consideration of what your Excellency was pleased to say yesterday on the subject of the land, ordered by Lord Bathurst to be granted to me at the Cow Pastures, I have not been able to repress feelings of the severest mortification & disappointment that there should still exist any obstacle to my receiving the indulgence which his Lordship has in such strong & flattering terms directed might be given to me: and these feelings I must confess are greatly aggravated when I recollect that Your Excellency was pleased, immediately after the receipt of his Lordship's orders, to assure me that not only the 5000 acres should be granted in the situation pointed out by Lord Bathurst, but that you would sanction the exchange of such other parts of my son's and my estates as should so consolidate the whole that I might with the last chance of interruption, proceed in the arduous labours in which I and my family have been so many years engaged and which have already produced advantages to the Colony that even the most envious and jealous persons do not attempt to deny. Confiding in those kind assurances I did

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