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Pakenham
17/2/1919

To Chairman Qualification Committee
Melbourne
Sir
I do not want it to be thought that I am trying to obtain a block of land in any illegal form I not having served overseas led me to think that probably I was not entitled to such. I therefore wrote to the Chairman of the Closer settlement board about a month ago giving therein the whole facts of my case and asking if i was entitled to apply for a block. I would therefore deem it a favour if your committee would read that letter before deciding as the matter is a serious one to me as having sold stock, implements etc for next to nothing in order to go to the Country's cause and now having to work for wages and having a Wife and 7 Children to keep I find it very hard to provide for them but if given a suitable mixed farm could do well as the wife and I have been farming all our lives and are not frightened of the result with a little assistance again praying that you will favourably consider my case. I am enclosing some references of which I have some more. I now remain yours truly.
P Cain