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[a]micable manner. I saw Dr MacLeod who gave me a copy of the address, in its original form.

He lamented that the Govr could not be influenced to act with more decision and said that he believed the Secretary, assisted by Oxley & Douglass, was throwing every possible obstruction to a compliance with his orders, until they could get up some statement, to induce My Lord Bathurst to reconsider and alter his determination. I returned home, anxious & uncertain, what course to pursue, your letters by Trescot, determined me to call upon His Excellency once more in the morning & play off my only remaining Battery. I accordingly extracted from the accompanying letter of John's to my Mother pr. the Asia 30th July,, the paper marked A containing what he there states on the subject of the Dispatch & Sir Thomas Brisbanes conduct. You will observe one or two trifling differences of expression such as "your fathers" instead of "my fathers". This Extract I determined to show him in confidence as a part of a note which I was not at liberty to make known, thinking that with so extraordinary a man, circumstances as we were, a little manoeuvring would be excusable.

14th Feby 

Immediately after breakfast, a Dragoon brought me a Note from His Excellency of wh the following is a copy -

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