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[top of left margin] 30/5846 -- 3'd August 1830.

[on right] Commissariat Office Sydney, 2nd August ...................... 1830

[underlined] (No. 193)

Sir,

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter No. 357 of the 29th Ultimo communicating Mr Maxwells [sic] Explanation of the circumstances which caused the delay in furnishing Cattle for Slaughter at Parramatta, in reply to which I beg to acquaint you that

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The Hon:

The Colonial Secretary

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the average number of Cattle slaughtered was 50 head per Week, and that in the middle of June Mr Aird was informed that 60 Head would be Killed weekly in consequence of the original number being increased from 500 to 700.

I beg further to acquaint you that understanding it is the intention of His Excellency the Governor to cause all the Horned Cattle belonging to the Crown to be forwarded to Moreton Bay, if such is the fact the number of Head which Mr Maxwell has stated to be ready will meet the Consumption : - in

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consequence of breaking up the Port Macquarie Establishment and the Supplies of Fresh Provisions that will become available from the Herds at Moreton Bay ---

But if it is not His Excellency's intention to forward the Crown Herds to Moreton Bay it will be necessary (at the least) to purchase 50 to 75 Tons of Salt Beef which I would recommend should be advertised for immediately.

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your most ob't Serv't

[signed] James Laidley

[on right] D.[C.]G.

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Give Ord's [Orders] and inform him that it is intended in about 6 weeks or 2 months to send off all the breeding Stock of Horned Cattle to Moreton Bay; but it is not likely that any of them will be fit to Kill for some months after their arrival there, and therefore he cannot calculate upon any of them being slaughtered at Moreton Bay before next Winter. - It is proper therefore that he should make his Arrangements accordingly.

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Mr E'yd ............ Mr. Laidley ... 5 Aug't 1830

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