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Parramatta 12th Feby. 1824

My dear father -

I arrived about six on tuesday afternoon (the 10th). Oscar behaved uncommonly well considering that it was his first essay in single harness. I found all the circle here quite well. William still at Sydney.

Yesterday morning, I waited upon Sir Thomas according to your desire. I stated that we had rode over the Cawdor lands on Monday, described the sad state of the Government Herd, the injury they were suffering by being detained there and the absolute necessity of removing them immediately if any regard whatever were paid to the publick interest, all this I stated as forcibly as I could. I then passed to the situation of our own flocks, suffering from similar causes, pointed out the cruelty to us, and the total apathy to the best interests of the Colony, (in exposing to injury the foundation of its future prosperity), which were manifested by his neglect of the Earl Bathurst's instructions. That under all the circumstances of the case such conduct was peculiarly aggravating to your feelings, as well as contemptuous to His Majesty's Secretary of State.

He replied that this was all very true, and that he had ordered Major Goulburn on tuesday to write you an Official Letter to put you in possession of the land

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