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Parramatta, 5th Feby, 1824

[In pencil]

Copy No 82 by William Macarthur, with addition by James.

This Morning waited on Sir Thomas Brisbane and to the best of my recollection the following is the substance of the conversation that took place -

I was very kindly received "well Mr Macarthur I am very glad to see you. I congratulate you on the arrival of the order to put your Father in possession of the Cawdor tract of Land. I fear from what I have heard from Major Ovens that your Brother misunderstood me when he stated that I had denied the receipt of Lord Bathurst's dispatches. The fact is, I had received it that day. He did not directly ask me whether it had arrived, and if he had done so, I should have endeavoured to evade his question if possible - if not - I should openly have avowed it. I will state my reason - It is my custom after pursuing a dispatch to transmit it to Major Goulburn, and after he has read it to comment with him upon its contents. I wished that the acknowledgement of the receipt of the Dispatch and the order for the occupation of the Land

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