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as quickly as possible, that he was anxious the affair should be settled before the sailing of the Ocean; and that he had every reason to think I should get the letter from Major Goulburn on the next day (thursday) at forthest. During the conversation he repeated the abrasive [?] objection to removing the Govt Cattle in so severe a Drought - (the very reason they should be moved) - He also said that Mr Oxley had spoken to Fennell about their being an old order to retain ground for Church & School on the banks of rivers, but that of course the last order must guide him. He also mentioned the Tannery, the inconvenience that would arise from breaking it up before they could form other arrangements. I replied that the reservation of a common would be in opposition to the letter & spirit of Lord Bathurst's first instructions, and become a receptacle for all the vile scabby flocks in the neighbourhood, that we should not think of disturbing the Tannery until it was quite convenient to Govt to remove it, nor should we object to their leaving any old or sickly cattle wh it might be injurious to move.

His Ex. G. observed that we might fence out the common, a remark I did not all like. Of course I did not fail to answer this, and as he seemed in a hurry I delivered your message about the Officers of the French Corvette, stating shortly that an impression had

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