Object #1001040 from MS-Papers-0032-0828

2 pages written by Sir Donald McLean to Susan Douglas McLean

From: Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items). The letters from Donald are written from Porirua Barracks, Otaki, Rangitikei, Waikanae, Wanganui and Taranaki. Susan's letters are addressed from Dalmuir Hill (her parent's home) and Wellington Terrace. Many letters are undated and were written prior to their marriage in Aug 1851. Includes correspondence between Susan McLean and her mother Susan Strang (2 letters, undated); one letter from Helen Anne Wilson to Mrs McLean, 30 August 1852

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English (MD)



It has come on to rain so heavily pet that I do not expect to see you at 2 pm, therefore I will call myself on Mr Stevenson and shall go down to attend to some business in town.

Dr Sinclair has left so has Papa and the minister. You have really been a good early

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English (MD)

rising girl of late. If you continue going on with such improvements I have greater hopes than ever of your making a "gude wife" for the bush and you may even arrive at the wonderful destination of being an excellent highly accomplished dairymaid when decorated off in your white short gown and grey petticoat with sleeves tucked up and fat arms slappering away among cream, cheese, butter and all the other niceties of the dairy. Do not laught at this because I intend it in reality.


Yours
Donald McLean

English (MD)



It has come on to rain so heavily pet that I do not expect to see you at 2 pm, therefore I will call myself on Mr Stevenson and shall go down to attend to some business in town.

Dr Sinclair has left so has Papa and the minister. You have really been a good early rising girl of late. If you continue going on with such improvements I have greater hopes than ever of your making a "gude wife" for the bush and you may even arrive at the wonderful destination of being an excellent highly accomplished dairymaid when decorated off in your white short gown and grey petticoat with sleeves tucked up and fat arms slappering away among cream, cheese, butter and all the other niceties of the dairy. Do not laught at this because I intend it in reality.


Yours
Donald McLean

Part of:
Inward family correspondence - Susan McLean (wife), Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0828 (82 digitised items)
Series 9 Inwards family letters, Reference Number Series 9 Inwards family letters (1204 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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