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tell him that I shall feel much pleasure by his in the mean time taking a lease of the five thousand acres together with all, or any other portion of the Lands in the Cowpastures now advertised to let for seven years, and I shall bind myself, on the part of Government, to refund to Mr. MacArthur any rent he may pay should the matter of reference to Lord Bathursts office be decided in his favour.  But the chances are that Mr. MacArthur will be in possession of the five thousand acres as a Grant long before he can be called upon to pay any rent."  His Excellency continued, "I have mentioned to Major Goulburn yesterday, that this was the only plan I could fall upon at present to put Mr. MacArthur in possession of the Lands.  I beg you will also convey to Mr. MacArthur the fulest assurance of my


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