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Parramatta, 14th February 1824

My dear father

The following is as nearly as I can remember. The substance of two conversations with Sir Thomas Brisbane on the subject of the Cawdor Lands.

13th February -

I waited until eleven oclock to give you an opportunity of sending me any fresh instructions. None having arrived, I walked up. The Govr said he was just going out, I begged he would pardon my detaining him a few minutes, that I came to state we had received no letter on the subject of the land, as I had been given to expect we should from His Exy assurance on Wednesday, that you were extremely mortified as it would render it necessary for you to address him another Official Letter a copy of which would be sent home by the Ocean to be submitted to My Lord Bathurst. That such a step might be productive of serious ill consequences to His Excellency, that I had been desired by you to represent this to him, in order to prevent if possible it's necessity and at all counts, to convince His Excellency that we were influenced by no unfriendly feeling towards him.

That you had hoped to be enabled to write home by the Ocean, that the affair was settled, but that respect to My Lord Bathurst as well as justice to your own family would not allow you to remain silent, however, deeply you deplored being thus forced into a representation which might occasion His Excellency so much vexation and difficulty. That you were perfectly aware every 

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