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Minutes of a Conversation with His Excellency the Governor on Wednesday the 8th Oct 1823

I called at Govt House to pay my respects to His Excellency - After the usual enquiries His Excellency asked in the most friendly manner after Mr Macarthur's health and expressed great concern upon my informing him that Mr McA was suffering from indisposition.

His Excellency asked when I should see Mr Macarthur & said "I have received a communication from him relative to the lands in the Cowpastures and I am very sorry that I cannot at this time grant him the 5000 acres as reference has been made to Lord Bathurst. I must wait for a reply. But you will oblige me by giving my best respects to Mr McArthur & tell him that I shall feel much pleasure by his in the mean time taking a lease of the 5000 acres together with all or any other portion of the lands in the Cowpastures now advertised to let for seven years, and I shall bind myself on the part of Govt to refund to Mr McA any rent he may pay should the matter of reference to Lord Bathurst's

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