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did myself the honor to address the letter to you bearing date the 29th of last November in which I particularised the exchange of Land that had been suggested in conversation, and which Your Excellency then said you entirely approved. The pleasure of that approval was still further increased by Your Excellency declaring, you lamented that any part of the Cow Pastures was granted out of my family as you felt that you could not more effectively promote the Public Interest than by giving me every facility to increase & improve my flocks of sheep.

It was not until the 19th of the next month (December) that I learnt you had been induced to change those favorable sentiments & intentions: when you told me, to my great surprise that the part immediately contiguous to the west boundary of Camden was reserved for the Church & school: - but that I might take the 5000 acres ordered by Lord Bathurst in any other part of the Cowpastures.

This communication was the more unexpected and distressing because Your Excellency had previously discussed with me the plans of the Surveyor General and had declared your disapproval of them as inexpediently improper.

Finding however that Your Excellency was not to be prevailed upon to set aside that Officer's arrangement and  

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