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No. 3

October 9th 1823


His Excellency the Governor having caused a communication to be made to me yesterday that he regretted he could not comply with my request respecting the Grant of 5000 acres of land ordered by Lord Bathurst but that it would give him pleasure to grant me a Lease of the whole, or any portion of the reserved land of Cawdor on the terms advertized in the Colonial Gazette with an additional condition that should orders be hereafter received from his Majesty's Government in England to grant me any portion of the aforesaid Lands such orders should immediately be carried into effect and the proposed Lease be considered null and void as far as the same may extend to any lands so ordered to be granted.

In answer I beg leave to return my best thanks and to signify my readiness to accept His Excellencys obliging offer that is to say, Five thousand acres for myself to the northward and westward of Lower Camden, and for my sons James and William Macarthur the remaining * six thousand seven hundred acres should the reserved Lands be found to contain so much.

I have the honor to be 
&c &c &c

(Signed) John Macarthur

Frederick Goulburn Esqe.

[In left margin]
* I made a mistake in deducting 5000 acres from the supposed contents of Cawdor - it is laid down as 10700 acres, consequently the residue requested for James and William is no more than 5700.


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