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Parramatta 9th Oct. 1823


His Excellency the Governor having caused a communication to be made to me yesterday, that he regretted he could not comply with my request respecting the grant of 5000 acres of land, ordered by Lord Bathurst - but that it would give him pleasure to grant me a Lease of the whole, or any portion of the reserved Lands at Cawdor on the terms advertised in the Colonial Gazette - with an additional condition, that should orders be hereafter received, from His Majesty's Government in England, to grant me any portion of the aforesaid Lands, such orders should be immediately carried into effect, and the proposed Lease be considered null and void, as far as the same may extend to any Lands so ordered to be granted.

In answer, I beg leave, to return my best thanks, and to signify my readiness to accept His Excellency's obliging offer. That is to say, Five thousand acres for myself to the Northward and Westward of Town Camden; and for my sons, James and William Macarthur, the remaining Six thousand seven hundred acres - should the reserved Lands be found to contain so much.

I have the honor to be
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John Macarthur

Frederick Goulburn Esqe
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