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Having observed in the Gazette of last week a notice that proposals would be received at the Colonial Secretary's Office for the lease of portions of the Government reserve to the south of the Nepean and north of the grants I possess in District of Camden I trust I shall stand excused for taking the liberty to remind Your Excellency of the order given by the Earl Bathurst to put me in possession of five thousand acres of the tract now advertised to be disposed of.  I would also entreat to your Excellency's recollection that His Lordship has been pleased to order the grant of five thousand acres shall be measured as near as possible to my original grant which is that of Camden "that I may be enabled to accomplish the desirable object of having a tract of country for preserving my flocks in their present state of purity and of perfection without incurring the risk of loss or interruption from the establishment of neighbouring settlers."

Adverting to the wise and liberal policy of his Lordship's instructions and assured that your Excellency must ere this have discovered the extreme difficulty of preserving an improved breed of animals from an intermixture with neglected and degenerate ones

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