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Office be decided in his favor. But the chances are that Mr Macarthur will be in possession of the 5000 acres long before he can be called upon to pay any rent". His Excellency continued "I have mentioned to Major Goulburn yesterday that this was the only plan I could fall upon at present to put Mr Macarthur in possession of the lands. I beg you will also convey to Mr Macarthur the fullest assurance of my sincere friendship & support. There is not another individual in the Colony who has equal claims with Mr Macarthur. He has done more good for the Colony than all the rest put together".

On friday the 10th I dined at Govt House and took an opportunity before dinner to mention to His Excellency that I punctually delivered his message to Mr Macarthur. He expressed himself much obliged to me & said "I have

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