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so as not to be liable to the same loss of crops by frost, as lands in the Burrah Burrah District, and in all respects more suitable for agricultural purposes.

We would beg to observe, that if the cultivation of the soil were the real object in rich lands, in this lower, less hazardous from climate, and far more easily accessible Country, would be applied for upon lands so situated, it would appear to us, and not in remote, secluded, or Mountain Districts, is it the policy of the Government to establish Agricultural Communities, in the first instance.

The occupants of small farms, so located in contiguity with settled Townships, and with each other, would be a check upon any who might be ill disposed, while they would enjoy facilities of mutual assistance and protection, and be within easy access of the Township for the purposes of Religion, education, and Police, as well as for the sale of produce, the purchase of supplies, and the transaction of ordinary business. With the increasing demand for produce, arising from increased population, more distant lands would hereafter be settled, Villages and Townships be established, and a gradual and beneficial conversion of


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