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is affected by the Settlement.

I had no wish to sell them the two farms & after consulting urged them to leave half the purchase money unpaid explaining as far as I could to them the difficulty as to the settlement, but their Leases were near expiring as they had made considerable improvements and were anxious to secure the land - absolutely forcing the money upon me.

A far more costly purchase has been made with the knowledge that the price of land bought was & is liable to this same settlement.

We are now seeking to get rid of the Settlement & are in communication with my brother in [indecipherable] Sir H.W.P. [Sir H Watson Parker] on the subject.

I do not think anything can be done to expedite it under the existing state of depression in this District & an Act of the Legislatures will be requisite which should also include property 

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